Definition of astride in English:


Line breaks: astride
Pronunciation: /əˈstrʌɪd

preposition& adverb

1With a leg on each side of: [as preposition]: he was sitting astride the bike [as adverb]: he sat on the chair astride
More example sentences
  • Sarah says this while sitting astride a large grey horse with a pair of 5-inch stiletto boots on her feet.
  • So when I found myself sitting astride a large horse at 11 am last Saturday I was a little perplexed to say the least.
  • He was sitting astride a horse that shied at raindrops.
1.1 [as adverb] (Of a person’s legs) apart: he stood, legs astride
More example sentences
  • He rode two horses at the same time, standing astride with one leg on each horse, as they cantered in unison around the sawdust circle.
2 [as preposition] Extending across: the port stands astride an international route
More example sentences
  • The town stands astride the A4, formerly called the Great West Road, that connected London, Bath and Bristol.
  • She was the last living member of the old generation of the little village astride the Moy.
  • The town sits astride a major fault that is well exposed west and east of the town and forms an obvious east-trending lineament on the satellite imagery.

Definition of astride in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day oleaginous
Pronunciation: ˌəʊlɪˈadʒɪnəs
rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily