bestride

[ bih-strahyd ]
/ bɪˈstraɪd /

verb (used with object), be·strode or be·strid, be·strid·den or be·strid, be·strid·ing.

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
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Examples from the Web for bestrid

  • He knows the pedigree of every horse on the place, and has bestrid the great-great-grandsires of most of them.

    Bracebridge Hall|Washington Irving
  • The sight of my faithful "Hiatoga" bestrid by a Rebel, wrung my heart.

British Dictionary definitions for bestrid

bestride

/ (bɪˈstraɪd) /

verb -strides, -striding or -strode or archaic -strid, -stridden or archaic -strid (tr)

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 bestrid

bestride


v.

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

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