straddle

verb
strad·dle | \ ˈstra-dᵊl \
straddled; straddling\ˈstrad-liŋ, 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, ˈstra-dᵊl-ər \ noun

Examples of straddle in a Sentence

Verb

Turkey straddles Asia and Europe.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Twisting Falls is one of hundreds of waterfalls that straddle the NC-Tennessee state line, many of which are popular parts of the state and national parks system. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Teen who fell July 4th at NC's Rainbow Falls latest in series of waterfall tragedies," 4 July 2018 Farther south in the 49th District, which straddles the Orange and San Diego County line, Republican Diane Harkey led the race to replace retiring Rep. Darrell Issa with 25 percent. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "Democrats in California watch House votes in hope of flipping chamber," 5 June 2018 Facebook has accomplished a neat trick in the last fourteen years, draping itself in humanitarian intent while establishing a globe-straddling monopoly. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Searching for a Future Beyond Facebook," 2 May 2018 His likeness has inspired countless memes that straddle the line between lulzy irony and utter sincerity (one widely circulated picture depicts him as a literal saint, his face Photoshopped into a religious painting). David Futrelle, The Cut, "When a Mass Murderer Has a Cult Following," 27 Apr. 2018 Now comes the 2019 Volvo XC40, which straddles the line between the smallest subcompact crossover and the roomier compact crossover space. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2019 Volvo XC40 continues winning crossover tradition," 25 Apr. 2018 Images of the crash scene from local reporters showed a dark-colored sedan — badly damaged on its front and right side — straddling the low concrete wall of the highway’s median. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Secret Service investigating wrong-way crash on I-66 in Northern Virginia," 8 July 2018 Bartow’s mother was Anglo, and Froelick said Bartow saw himself as straddling both worlds. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Inside Contemporary Native Artist Rick Bartow’s First Major Retrospective," 15 May 2018 The start line was a sea of vintage machines in beautiful hues, straddled by aging dentists and adorned with glistening chrome components more evocative of jewelry than performance tools. Outside Online, "Riding 100 Miles* on a 102-Year-Old Bike," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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 \
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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