Share this entry

Share this page

astride

Line breaks: astride
Pronunciation: /əˈstrʌɪd
 
/

Definition of astride in English:

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:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day ingratiate
Pronunciation: ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪeɪt
verb
bring oneself into favour with someone through flattery…