- with a leg on each side of; straddling: She sat astride the horse.
- on both sides of: Budapest lies astride the river.
- in a dominant position within: Napoleon stands astride the early 19th century like a giant.
- in a posture of striding or straddling; with legs apart or on either side of something.
Origin of astride
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Examples from the Web for astride
Director Ridley Scott, however, must have found the image of Cameron Diaz astride a gleaming sports car too good not to show.The Best Scenes From Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’ Screenplay
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Still worse to imagine that we'd be doing all this while rolling around town on a Schwinn, rather than astride our majestic steed.Where are the Bicycles in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction?
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I got astride of the buttress, and painfully forced my way up.Wilfrid Cumbermede
For all the world she would not have liked them to catch him astride the coping of the wall.The Fortune of the Rougons
"Bring that there bench up, missy, and we'll put him astride it," said the driver.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
From the window of my room I saw the doctor get astride his mule.The Strolling Saint
A captain, astride of a great reeking horse, towered above them.The Long Roll
- with a leg on either side
- with the legs far apart
- with a leg on either side of
- with a part on both sides of
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Word Origin and History for astride
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