straddle

verb
strad·​dle | \ ˈstra-dᵊl How to pronounce straddle (audio) \
straddled; straddling\ ˈstrad-​liŋ How to pronounce straddling (audio) , ˈstra-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of straddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
straddle the fence
: to be in a position of neutrality or indecision

straddle

noun

Definition of straddle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from straddle

Verb

straddler \ ˈstrad-​lər How to pronounce straddler (audio) , ˈstra-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of straddle in a Sentence

Verb

Turkey straddles Asia and Europe.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kylie is pictured straddling Travis while sipping a glass of white (rosé?) wine. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Wore a Leopard Print D&G Bikini on Baecation With Travis Scott," 5 Apr. 2019 The 63-mile trail, which follows a Native American trade route, runs east to west through the northwest part of the state, straddling the Berkshire Mountains between the Hudson and Connecticut River valleys. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in New England," 23 July 2018 However, OneSpace is emulating SpaceX by straddling the line between being privately-run and government-funded. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "China’s first private rocket launch kicks off the country’s commercial space race," 19 May 2018 Indonesia sits on the Ring of Fire, a series of fault lines and volcanoes straddling the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and regularly suffers earthquakes and other national disasters. Ben Otto, WSJ, "‘We Just Ran’: Scale of Tsunami Horror Emerges in Indonesia," 1 Oct. 2018 But companies have built supply chains that straddle NAFTA borders and changing the rules could disrupt their operations, raise costs and potentially put them at a competitive disadvantage with manufacturers in Asia and Europe. Washington Post, "Trump predicts auto workers will be ‘very happy’ on NAFTA," 23 May 2018 Turkey has appealed for a cease-fire in Idlib, which straddles its borders and is home to more than 3 million people. Fox News, "The Latest: UN says 30k displaced by Syria Idlib attacks," 13 Sep. 2018 Graham Robb’s subject is the rural region that straddles a small portion of the border between Scotland and England but for centuries belonged to neither. James Campbell, WSJ, "‘The Debatable Land’ Review: The Clans Who Invented Blackmail," 8 June 2018 Whether firmly planted in one of these camps, or gracefully straddling both sides, here the six best beauty lessons to take from the week. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 6 Beauty Lessons To Steal Right Now From Paris Fashion Week," 3 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The percentages are derived from an options trade known as a straddle, which entails buying both bullish and bearish contracts that can be exercised at the same price for the stock. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Options Suggest Big Moves in Facebook, Apple, Alibaba Stock," 29 Oct. 2018 The sprawling, 11-square-mile piece of land straddles Interstates 20 and 30 (near where the two highways merge) and is in the Aledo school district. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "This former ranch could have 50,000 Fort Worth residents. 'In 10 years, this will be a city in itself'," 9 July 2018 District 5 straddles parts of Miami and Miami Beach, with a heavy concentration of active voters in Little Havana and other enclaves when older Cuban-American voters are considered vital to win in low-turnout elections. Douglas Hanks, miamiherald, "Eileen Higgins wins Miami-Dade commission seat in upset over Zoraida Barreiro," 19 June 2018 This 13,000-square-mile swathe of shhh straddles West Virginia’s border with Virginia and Maryland. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Want to Hunt Aliens? Go to West Virginia's Low-Tech 'Quiet Zone'," 3 May 2018 This year’s draft straddles that temperamental crisis more than most. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Big Questions That Will Shape the NFL Draft," 26 Apr. 2018 Today, the spot where President Garfield was shot straddles Constitution Avenue between the National Gallery of Art and the Federal Trade Commission across the street, one of the busiest spots in the city. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Tariffs give endangered Dems an out," 7 Mar. 2018 Today, the spot where President Garfield was shot straddles Constitution Avenue between the National Gallery of Art and the Federal Trade Commission across the street, one of the busiest spots in the city. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Tariffs give endangered Dems an out," 7 Mar. 2018 Side Squats Hang in a straddle forward fold, point your toes outward, and bend the right knee, taking the right elbow inside the right knee and the left foot flexed. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "5 Exercises to Do on a Road Trip (Between Bathroom Breaks)," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of straddle

Verb

1565, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for straddle

Verb

irregular from stride

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straddle

verb

English Language Learners 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.)

straddle

verb
strad·​dle | \ ˈstra-dᵊl How to pronounce straddle (audio) \
straddled; straddling

Kids Definition of straddle

1 : to stand, sit, or walk with the legs spread wide apart
2 : to stand, sit, or ride with a leg on either side of He straddled the horse.
3 : to seem to favor two opposite sides of Not wanting to offend anyone, she straddled the issue.

straddle

noun
strad·​dle | \ ˈstrad-ᵊl\

Legal Definition of straddle

: 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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