straddle

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

Examples of straddle in a Sentence

Verb Turkey straddles Asia and Europe.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But perhaps just as resonant is the story of those that failed to outrun a rapidly warming planet and its devastating effects on livelihoods, particularly in poorer countries like Indonesia, a vast archipelago of islands that straddle the equator. The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Aug. 2021 The video showed an SUV on West Northwest Highway enter the right shoulder of the road and straddle the right lane and the shoulder. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2021 In the 1960s, the visionary architect Yona Friedman imagined Spatial City (Ville Spatiale), a city raised on stilts that could straddle existing cities. Elissaveta M. Brandon, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Aug. 2021 Don’t try to hang onto your original idea and straddle both worlds. Derek Steer, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Activity bustled Monday in both Mavericks hubs that straddle I-35, less than half a mile apart. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, 26 July 2021 The challenges test the Biden administration's ability to straddle its promises to protect public lands while pushing aggressive clean energy goals like getting more electric cars on the road. Michelle L. Price, ajc, 11 June 2021 The challenges test the Biden administration's ability to straddle its promises to protect public lands while pushing aggressive clean energy goals like getting more electric cars on the road. Michelle L. Price, Star Tribune, 10 June 2021 Some tech heavyweights also straddle the line with Hollywood and were included in an earlier roundup of donors to the recall election. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nine seats already are exclusively on the East Side, compared to just six on the West Side (two straddle the Cuyahoga River). Robert Higgs, cleveland, 1 Sep. 2021 That will involve developing autonomous cranes and straddle carriers -- vehicles that place containers onto ships. Rochelle Beighton, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 The zone between France and the U.K. will necessarily maintain a certain strategic importance for the industry – over 100 species of fish straddle EU-U.K. waters. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 June 2021 These include a seated straddle stretch to work hamstring flexibility, and hip-mobility drills that use a resistance band to work his residual limb in various planes of motion. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 29 May 2021 Those few vertical meters might be an hour’s hike — or a dangerous straddle and scooch — away. New York Times, 12 May 2021 At that point, the straddle between more moderate voters in his national coalition and the increasing impatience of progressives in his Democratic Party will be tough to sustain. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 23 Apr. 2021 Japanwala finds that garments like this straddle the line between fashion and fine art. Aamina Khan, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2021 This die-cast model of a Hyster straddle truck belonged to my best friend. oregonlive, 1 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of straddle was in 1565

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3 Sep 2021

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“Straddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straddle. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for straddle

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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