Astride
Astride A*stride", adv. [Pref. a- + stride.] With one leg on each side, as a man when on horseback; with the legs stretched wide apart; astraddle. [1913 Webster]

Placed astride upon the bars of the palisade. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

Glasses with horn bows sat astride on his nose. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]


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  • astride — [ə strīd′] adv. [ A 1 + STRIDE] 1. with a leg on either side; astraddle 2. with legs far apart prep. 1. with a leg on either side of (a horse, etc.) 2. lying on both sides of [a town astride the river] …   English World dictionary

  • astride — 1660s, from A (Cf. a ) (1) on + STRIDE (Cf. stride) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • astride — [adj] with a leg on either side astraddle, athwart, on the back of, piggyback, sitting on, straddling; concept 583 …   New thesaurus

  • astride — 1) preposition & adverb with a leg on each side of. 2) adverb (of a person s legs) apart …   English terms dictionary

  • astride — I. adverb Date: 1610 1. with one leg on each side ; astride a horse < she rode astride, not sidesaddle > 2. with the legs stretched wide apart < standing astride > II. preposition Date: 1653 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • astride — adv. (formal) to sit astride (to sit astride smb. s knee) * * * [ə straɪd] (formal) to sit astride (to sit astride smb. s knee) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • astride — /euh struyd /, prep. 1. with a leg on each side of; straddling: She sat astride the horse. 2. on both sides of: Budapest lies astride the river. 3. in a dominant position within: Napoleon stands astride the early 19th century like a giant. adv.,… …   Universalium

  • astride — a•stride [[t]əˈstraɪd[/t]] prep. 1) with a leg on each side of; straddling: to sit astride a fence[/ex] 2) on both sides of: Budapest lies astride the river[/ex] 3) in a dominant position within: Napoleon stands astride the early 19th… …   From formal English to slang

  • astride — 1. adverb With one’s legs on either side. The men ride their horses astride. 2. preposition With one’s legs on either side of. The boy sat astride his father’s knee …   Wiktionary

  • astride — a|stride [əˈstraıd] adv, prep 1.) with one leg on each side of something ▪ a photograph of my mother sitting astride a horse 2.) on both sides of a river, road etc ▪ The ancient town of Bridgwater, astride the River Parrett, is an ideal touring… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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