astride

[[t]əstra͟ɪd[/t]]
ADV: ADV after v, be ADV
If you sit or stand astride something, you sit or stand with one leg on each side of it.

...three youths who stood astride their bicycles and stared.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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