\ 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 Stanley Jenkins stands astride the nation as a colossus of American folk food. Fox News, 10 June 2022 He's probably never seen a woman ride astride before. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 4 Feb. 2022 But one man's bronze likeness, that of Robert E. Lee, remained upon Traveller, the horse that the monument's supporters fought to keep him astride. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 12 Sep. 2021 The boy had his grandmother’s smile, a perched grin with flushed cheeks astride. Kenneth R. Rosen, Wired, 17 Nov. 2020 Bonheur wore her hair short, rode astride instead of sidesaddle, learned how to shoot a gun and occasionally hunted rabbits. Claudine Doury, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Oct. 2020 But these massive irrigation systems don’t sit astride deep green circles of alfalfa., 5 Dec. 2019 Do guests even have to like horses, much less get astride one? Janet Fullwood, The Mercury News, 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,, 13 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Suddenly, one rider dismounts his bicycle, walks into the forest, and reemerges astride a 1962 Ducati Scrambler motorcycle. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 3 June 2022 The car sits astride an inch-longer wheelbase but has grown 2.5 inches in length thanks to a longer rear overhang. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 16 May 2022 Historic remnants of the old plantation, like the sugar mill that sits astride the main entrance to the hotel lobby, remain on the grounds. Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2022 The two plots sit oddly astride each other, generating suspense, but never quite cohering, especially when events turn toward the violent. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 By contrast, a charming early 15th-century ink painting by Sekkyakushi suggests a gentler approach: A boy astride a water buffalo appears to be steering a beast that is as wayward as the mind—not by yanking on the reins, but with a gentle prod. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, 11 May 2022 In January, the museum removed from its front steps a bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt astride a horse and flanked by a Native American and an African, both bare-chested. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Or an enabling figurehead who sat astride the sins of empire? Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 Footage of young black women, one of them astride a black stallion, walking through the streets of Compton preceded the performance. Hilton Dresden, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Astride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of astride

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

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