- to get or be astride of; have or place the legs on both sides of.
- to step over or across with long strides.
- to stand or tower over; dominate.
Origin of bestride
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Examples from the Web for bestride
Sheer audacity is at times the surest steed a man can bestride.To Have and To Hold
After the death of his master no one was permitted to bestride that good horse.The History of Chivalry, Volume II (of 2)
These lads are as lithe and lean as the ponies they bestride.The Little Lady of Lagunitas
Richard Henry Savage
Mr. Clarke had the honour to bestride the loins of Bronzomarte.The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves
He seemed to bestride it as we could imagine Alexander bestriding his Bucephalus.Here and There in London
J. Ewing Ritchie
- to have or put a leg on either side of
- to extend across; span
- to stride over or across
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Word Origin and History for bestride
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