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straddle

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verb strad·dle \ˈstra-dəl\

Simple Definition of straddle

  • : to sit or ride with a leg on either side of (something)

  • : to be on both sides of (something)

  • : to have parts that are in (different places, regions, etc.)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of straddle

straddled

straddling

play \ˈstrad-liŋ, ˈstra-dəl-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to stand, sit, or walk with the legs wide apart; especially :  to sit astride

  3. 2 :  to spread out irregularly :  sprawl

  4. 3 :  to favor or seem to favor two apparently opposite sides

  5. 4 :  to execute a commodities market spread

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to stand, sit, or be astride of <straddle a horse> <campsites straddling the river>

  8. 2 :  to be noncommittal in regard to <straddle an issue>

  9. 3 :  to belong in part to (each of several categories) <a movie straddling genres>

straddler

play \ˈstrad-lər, ˈstra-dəl-ər\ noun

straddle the fence

  1. :  to be in a position of neutrality or indecision

Examples of straddle in a sentence

  1. Turkey straddles Asia and Europe.



Origin and Etymology of straddle

irregular from stride


First Known Use: 1565


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straddle

noun strad·dle

Definition of straddle

  1. 1 :  the act or position of one who straddles

  2. 2 :  a noncommittal or equivocal position

  3. 3 :  spread 5



1611

First Known Use of straddle

1611

Rhymes with straddle


STRADDLE Defined for Kids

straddle

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verb strad·dle \ˈstra-dəl\

Definition of straddle for Students

straddled

straddling

  1. 1 :  to stand, sit, or walk with the legs spread wide apart

  2. 2 :  to stand, sit, or ride with a leg on either side of <He straddled the horse.>

  3. 3 :  to seem to favor two opposite sides of <Not wanting to offend anyone, she straddled the issue.>




Law Dictionary

straddle

noun strad·dle \ˈstrad-əl\

Legal Definition of straddle

  1. :  the purchase of an equal number of put options and call options on the same underlying securities with the same price and maturity date




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