straddle

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verb

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

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
straddler
ˈstrad-lər How to pronounce straddle (audio)
ˈstra-dᵊl-ər
noun

straddle

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noun

1
: the act or position of one who straddles
2
: a noncommittal or equivocal position
3
Phrases
straddle the fence
: to be in a position of neutrality or indecision

Example Sentences

Verb Turkey straddles Asia and Europe.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
T’Challa and Namor straddle the line of king and superhero, and king and anti-hero, respectively. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Oct. 2022 Harris then visited one of a row of blue buildings that straddle the demarcation line, where an American officer explained how the buildings are still used to conduct negotiations with North Korea. Chris Megerian, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Sep. 2022 And outside California, the SeaWorld park in San Antonio has Wave Breaker where riders straddle a jet ski-style car. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2022 But beyond the sea of pale-pink, often unremarkable summer rosés, there are a host of complex, charismatic rosés that straddle the lines between white and red. Anna Lee Iijima, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 Then there are accessory brands that manage to straddle both worlds: think Gerber and SOG knives or Yeti. Doug Schnitzspahn, Outside Online, 9 Sep. 2014 On the global stage, China has attempted to straddle a delicate, if impossible line, of upholding its values of national sovereignty while also not condemning Russia, a geopolitical partner, for the deadly invasion of Ukraine. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Mar. 2022 The four-door crossover appears to straddle the line between SUV and luxury saloon. Kyle Schnitzer, Robb Report, 25 Feb. 2022 Every prequel or sequel must straddle the line between being fresh and being familiar. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 6 Sep. 2022
Noun
Park officials are calling it the longest and fastest straddle coaster on the West Coast, although there are not a lot of them in California. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2022 But that straddle may not be enough to protect China from Western reprisals. Clay Chandler, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2022 But as Russian attacks on Ukrainian civilians grow more obvious, frequent and bloody, the China straddle becomes more difficult. David Meyer, Fortune, 21 Mar. 2022 The Biden White House is making the case that China's straddle on the war is unsustainable. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 18 Mar. 2022 After police saw a car straddle multiple lanes and drive through a red light, a registration check showed that the plates were expired and the driver’s license was suspended, resulting in a traffic stop on Nov. 14. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 18 Nov. 2021 Youngkin's straddle to avoid alienating both Trump voters and suburbanites might not work quite so well across Virginia state lines. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

irregular from stride

First Known Use

Verb

1565, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of straddle was in 1565

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Cite this Entry

“Straddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straddle. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

straddle 1 of 2

verb

strad·​dle ˈstrad-ᵊl How to pronounce straddle (audio)
straddled; straddling ˈstrad-liŋ How to pronounce straddle (audio)
-ᵊl-iŋ
1
: to stand, sit, or walk with the legs wide apart
2
: to approve or seem to approve two apparently opposite sides
straddle a question
straddler
-lər How to pronounce straddle (audio)
-ᵊl-ər
noun

straddle

2 of 2

noun

: the act or position of one that straddles

Legal Definition

straddle

noun

strad·​dle
ˈstrad-ᵊl
: 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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