\ 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

Preposition She was sitting astride a horse. The town lies astride a narrow river.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Do guests even have to like horses, much less get astride one? Janet Fullwood, The Mercury News, "Arizona getaway: Dude ranches, horses and Wild West adventure," 26 Aug. 2019 One, George Washington astride a horse, is burned in profile into a wooden surface, glass vessels tumbling to the floor. Globe Staff,, "Getting real in a stirring show at Mass MoCA," 13 June 2019 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 The ranch hands of my mom’s stories rode horses, but these sit astride motorcycles. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Chasing the American dream: I found my grandpa's slice of the Old West in the Philippines," 2 Dec. 2019 The town sits astride the Fox River and hosts an outdoor farmers’ market until the weather stops coöperating. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, "Lauren Underwood’s Illinois District Considers Impeachment," 22 Nov. 2019 Further up Skyway, there will be services at the town's oldest building, the Magalia Community Church, a wooden structure dating back to the 19th century which sits astride a collection of RVs and one of the last incomplete debris removal sites. Gabrielle Paluch, USA TODAY, "Memorializing the deadly Camp Fire 1 year later: 'Yes we're alive, but we're not the same'," 3 Nov. 2019 Social realities also are challenging; the square sits astride a racial and economic fault line at the edge of Cleveland and more prosperous suburbs to the east. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Shaker Square’s redesign is worth taking time to do it right — Steven Litt," 17 Nov. 2019 Sitting astride a stallion while the sun settles into one of those classic pink Los Angeles sunsets, the head hot girl herself certainly does her nickname justice. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "24 Hours With Megan Thee Stallion, From Hot Tubs to Horseback Riding," 22 Oct. 2019 She is memorialized in a salsa song popular among Venezuelans, and a statue of her naked and sitting astride a wild tapir stands in the center-divide of a Caracas highway. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Venezuelans seek strength, healing from mythical goddess," 14 Oct. 2019 The artist was in Times Square last week to offer his latest corrective, unveiling a massive bronze statue of a young African American man in urban streetwear sitting astride a galloping horse. NBC News, "Wiley believes monuments to Confederate figures should be placed in social context, not torn down.," 7 Oct. 2019 Decades from now, if and when the sculpture is completed, the man will be sitting astride a horse with a flowing mane, his left arm extended in front of him, pointing. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of astride was in 1614

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“Astride.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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