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 As a member of the board with years of experience elsewhere, Calhoun straddles both demands. Natasha Frost, Quartz at Work, "Can Boeing’s new CEO rescue the troubled company?," 13 Jan. 2020 The Witcher straddles three real-world eras of fantasy storytelling, beginning in the late 1980s. Ani Bundel, Ars Technica, "The Witcher’s Netflix success: How three timelines somehow became cohesive," 11 Jan. 2020 Suzzy Roche sits perfectly still, legs straddling one of the tables, back arched, looking chic in a slinky costume and forbiddingly high heels. David Gordon, Harper's magazine, "The Forty-Year Rehearsal," 6 Jan. 2020 The property straddles the Colorado and New Mexico border and has seen an incredible transformation since media mogul and conservationist Ted Turner took it over in 1996. Joshua Berman, The Know, "Vacation with mountain lions, bobcats and bison only four hours away from Denver," 27 Dec. 2019 The mountain straddles the border, with the California side offering stunning views of the lake, and the Nevada side offering hair-raising terrain. Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "Have a sinfully good time at Heavenly’s winter wonderland," 25 Nov. 2019 The Self-Appointed Deputy This person is straddling the lanes so the line cutter can’t line cut. BostonGlobe.com, "The 14 worst people on the Mass Pike, ranked - The Boston Globe," 25 Nov. 2019 The mine straddles the Navajo and Hopi reservations, and the tribes were paid proportional to the coal taken from their lands. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Salt River Project to pay $21 million to settle cleanup claim for Kayenta coal mine," 21 Nov. 2019 Ibarra’s routine, meanwhile, straddles the cities of Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Border-Town Life Defies the Wall in “Borderlands”," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 228-acre property straddles the river, with a manufacturing complex on the Maryland riverbank and a limekiln and a million-gallon storage tank on the West Virginia side. Washington Post, "Maryland environmental officials investigate leak in Upper Potomac River near shuttered paper mill," 25 Oct. 2019 Fructose is a weapons-grade sweetener, and sucrose straddles the spectrum to provide backup on both sides. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "The molecular science behind a Larkspur shop’s blueberry ice cream," 27 Sep. 2019 Keiko Matsui Pianist-composer-producer straddles jazz, classical and rock. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Concerts in Houston: NF, Juan Luis Guerra, Maxo Kream, Peppa Pig," 17 Oct. 2019 His purple district straddles Fairfax and Prince William counties. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, "Beto O’Rourke stumps in Virginia for Democrats in pivotal state elections," 4 Sep. 2019 Claire Marin and Cathy Leidersdorff’s home straddles New York State’s Delaware and Sullivan Counties, on a sprawling, wooded 32-acre lot in the Catskill mountains, not far from the Delaware River. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "Entrepreneur, and beekeeper, Claire Marin opens the door to her home near New York’s Catskill Mountains," 8 July 2019 The leadership of Pima County strongly opposes Rosemont, as do the two members of Congress whose districts the site straddles, Raúl Grijalva and Ann Kirkpatrick. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 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

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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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Time Traveler for straddle

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The first known use of straddle was in 1565

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Last Updated

22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Straddle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straddle. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for straddle

straddle

verb
How to pronounce straddle (audio)

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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