\ ə-ˈstrīd How to pronounce astride (audio) \

Definition of astride

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : with one leg on each side : astride a horse she rode astride, not sidesaddle
2 : with the legs stretched wide apart standing astride



Definition of astride (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : on or above and with one leg on each side of astride a horse
2 : placed or lying on both sides of towns lying astride a river
3 : extending over or across : spanning, bridging

Examples of astride in a Sentence


She was sitting astride a horse. The town lies astride a narrow river.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Debt problems in Hunan, a rich agricultural area astride important transport routes, aren’t as egregious as many northern and western provinces saddled with resource and rust-belt industries. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China Rebukes Local Officials Over Debt Pile," 17 Sep. 2018 The base lies astride important shipping routes that fuel the Chinese economy and gives China an important presence into Africa and the Middle East. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Satellite Images Spy China's First Overseas Military Base," 9 Nov. 2017 Larry Page, one of the co-founders of Google, has put his money into several such projects, including the Kitty Hawk Flyer, which the rider sits astride much like a flying motorcycle. The Economist, "Free as a birdPassenger drones are a better kind of flying car," 8 Mar. 2018 That seems so quaint today, with Amazon in the cloud, a major defense contractor, astride high-tech. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "‘Amazon Effect’ goes far beyond business," 9 Sep. 2017 Toward the art museum at Eakins Oval, a monument of George Washington astride a horse stands atop a fountain portraying Native Americans and animals. Kristen De Groot, The Seattle Times, "Philadelphia fetes Benjamin Franklin Parkway as it turns 100," 3 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Now renamed Unity Road, the area had been completed two years ago to help showcase Ningxia’s strategic location astride the ancient Silk Road. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Applies Xinjiang’s Policing Lessons to Other Muslim Areas," 23 Dec. 2018 There are cringeworthy moments, and not just that famous footage from her 1972 trip to North Vietnam, of Fonda paling around with the enemy troops and laughing her way through a photo op astride one of their anti-aircraft guns. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In A New HBO Documentary, A Tale of Five Jane Fondas," 21 Sep. 2018 In the Maldives, an archipelago home to 400,000 people that sits astride major shipping routes, Mr. Yameen, the former leader, had hoped Chinese financing would help transform the capital region into the Singapore of the Indian Ocean. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "Maldives’ New Leaders Confront a Chinese-Funded Building Binge," 28 Nov. 2018 Jane Burleson was astride a dark horse, Inez Milholland atop a white one. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Long before pink hats, female protesters marched in D.C. for women’s rights," 13 Mar. 2018 On the opposite coast, the Kardashians have made bike shorts and cycling sunglasses their uniform, despite rarely having been seen astride a bike. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "Bolo Ties and Neck Wallets," 10 July 2018 Veterans take on Washington and weed Former Navy SEAL Nick Etten, founder of the Veterans Cannabis Project, stands astride the nexus of Washington and weed. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "As war vets enter the fray, stigma lessens around cannabis," 5 July 2018 The Socialist party, which led the parliamentary revolt, will now sit astride a shaky government. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, Is Ousted in No-Confidence Vote," 1 June 2018 Born Aubrey Graham, the Canadian rapper-singer has managed to sit astride the worlds of both hip-hop and pop with unusual ease—until recently. Andy Hutchins, Time, "Scorpion Finds Drake Struggling to Keep It All Together," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of astride


1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of astride

: with one leg or part on each side of (something)



Kids Definition of astride

: with one leg on each side of He sat astride his horse.

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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