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

Meanwhile, the chairman cast a wide net in search of a chief executive who could straddle the worlds of Madison Avenue and Silicon Valley. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "WPP Faces Shareholder Backlash After Sorrell’s Departure," 13 June 2018 As its hybrid designation implies, the ride straddles both the wood and steel coaster worlds. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Cedar Point: New Steel Vengeance coaster smooths out a Mean Streak," 4 May 2018 And yet the three of them straddled two cultures as uneasily as the Otomi. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018 Bears have been frequently filmed romping around the community that straddles city and wilderness. CBS News, "Bear takes dip in California hot tub, drinks margarita," 3 July 2018 His Opitz wine estate is outside the village of Illmitz, near Neusiedler See, the largest lake in Austria, which straddles the border with Hungary. Robert Joseph, A-LIST, "Hired It Through The Grapevine," 2 July 2018 Pebble Limited Partnership has proposed the copper and gold prospect for a site that straddles the Bristol Bay salmon fishery headwaters. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Gov. Walker urges Army Corps to suspend environmental review process for Pebble," 1 July 2018 Rockford is a Rust Belt city that straddles the Rock River 90 miles northwest of Chicago. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a 1,000-square-mile wilderness that straddles three counties and is a popular destination for wildflower enthusiasts, hikers and campers. J. Harry Jones, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Only 4 rangers patrolling 1,000-square-mile Anza-Borrego desert," 17 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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The first known use of straddle was in 1565

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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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