straddle


1strad·dle

verb \ˈstra-dəl\

: 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.)

strad·dledstrad·dling \ˈstrad-liŋ, ˈstra-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of STRADDLE

intransitive verb
1
:  to stand, sit, or walk with the legs wide apart; especially :  to sit astride
2
:  to spread out irregularly :  sprawl
3
:  to favor or seem to favor two apparently opposite sides
4
:  to execute a commodities market spread
transitive verb
1
:  to stand, sit, or be astride of <straddle a horse> <campsites straddling the river>
2
:  to be noncommittal in regard to <straddle an issue>
3
:  to belong in part to (each of several categories) <a movie straddling genres>
strad·dler \ˈstrad-lər, ˈstra-dəl-ər\ noun
straddle the fence
:  to be in a position of neutrality or indecision

Examples of STRADDLE

  1. Turkey straddles Asia and Europe.

Origin of STRADDLE

irregular from stride
First Known Use: 1565

Rhymes with STRADDLE

2straddle

noun

Definition of STRADDLE

1
:  the act or position of one who straddles
2
:  a noncommittal or equivocal position
3
:  spread 5

First Known Use of STRADDLE

1611

Rhymes with STRADDLE

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