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[bih-strahyd] /bɪˈstraɪd/
verb (used with object), bestrode or bestrid, bestridden or bestrid, bestriding.
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
before 1000; Middle English bestriden, Old English bestrīdan. See be-, stride Unabridged
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  • One last glance I gave her as I bestrode the rail of her balcony.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • All sense of pain left him, even all consciousness of the horse that he bestrode.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • Oh, the rapture with which Lily bestrode the aerobike for the first flight!

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • My friend Caldecott bestrode a powerful steed suited to his size.

    Six Months at the Cape R.M. Ballantyne
  • He was, indeed, a young giant, and bestrode a horse suitable to his weight.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
  • The other was bestrode by a savage, who appeared to be the leader of the band.

    The Ranger Edward S. Ellis
  • Then he turned to a lean rider who bestrode a tall, rangy horse.

    'Drag' Harlan

    Charles Alden Seltzer
British Dictionary definitions for bestrode


verb (transitive) -strides, -striding, -strode (archaic) -strid, -stridden, (archaic) -strid
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 bestrode



Old English bestridan "to bestride, mount," from be- + stridan "to stride" (see stride). Cf. Middle Dutch bestryden.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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