Bestride Be*stride", v. t. [imp. {Bestrode}, (Obs. or R.) {Bestrid}; p. p. {Bestridden}, {Bestrid}, {Bestrode}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bestriding}.] [AS. bestr[=i]dan; pref. be- + str[=i]dan to stride.] 1. To stand or sit with anything between the legs, or with the legs astride; to stand over [1913 Webster]

That horse that thou so often hast bestrid. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To step over; to stride over or across; as, to bestride a threshold. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • bestride — transitive verb (bestrode; bestridden; bestriding) Date: before 12th century 1. to ride, sit, or stand astride ; straddle 2. to tower over ; dominate < the bloated bureaucracy that bestrides us all Edward Ney …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bestride — /bi struyd /, v.t., bestrode or bestrid, bestridden or bestrid, bestriding. 1. to get or be astride of; have or place the legs on both sides of. 2. to step over or across with long strides. 3. to stand or tower over; dominate. [bef. 1000; ME… …   Universalium

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