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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At its head was General Daemon sitting astride his horse.’
    • ‘If Lyall hadn't been sitting astride his horse, he was quite sure he'd have keeled over with the force of this shock.’
    • ‘William turned the page and studied a new photo of the princess, sitting astride a big black horse.’
    • ‘She got onto the horse, sitting astride it with her skirts pushed almost all the way up to her knees.’
    • ‘In the United States, where the baby-boomers are trying to recapture their lost youth by once more sitting astride large cycles, those aged over 40 are dying at twice the rate of teenage bikers.’
    • ‘There was something about the rolling stride with which they moved that spoke of a lifetime of forking hay, sitting astride tractors, or herding cattle and sheep.’
    • ‘Minor injuries around the trunk of the deceased suggested that if he was on the ground before his death someone might have been sitting astride his chest.’
    • ‘He showed photographs of captured Angolan government weapons and of himself sitting astride the wreckage of a crashed Russian military aircraft.’
    • ‘From around one corner of the shrine another priest appeared sitting astride a huge elephant.’
    • ‘There were marks on Robert's body, indicating the trunk had been compressed by an arm or arms, or possibly by someone sitting astride him on the ground, the court heard.’
    • ‘Bikers have to accept that they are sitting astride very powerful machines that are potentially lethal.’
    • ‘He was sitting astride a black stallion like some errant knight.’
    • ‘Sitting astride the bay gelding, his gun resting on the high horn of the saddle, Buck's eyes gleamed at the thought of partly avenging his father's death.’
    • ‘Heston is a tall, well-built actor and presents an imposing figure astride a normal-sized horse.’
    • ‘Why was Frank Mace sitting astride an unexploded mine, and how did it come to be washed up on a New Plymouth beach?’
    • ‘Before Ian knew what was happening, the boy had pulled the bike from beneath him and was sitting astride it.’
    • ‘As soon as she was out of sight of the house, she swung her right leg up over to the other side to ride astride.’
    • ‘Climbing petrol prices have encouraged others to hang up their car keys and sit astride their dream machine for the morning journey to work.’
    • ‘She slung her leg over, so she was astride, and sat up.’
    1. 1.1as adverb (of a person's legs) apart.
      ‘he stood, legs astride’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2as preposition Extending across.

    ‘the port stands astride an international route’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rochester is a study in contrasts, a medium-size city that seems to sit astride the fault line where the new economy grinds up against the old.’
    • ‘With access to the sea and sitting astride the main north-south roads running from Boston to Portsmouth, Ipswich was not isolated from political events.’
    • ‘Sitting astride the mid-ocean ridge in the North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland is volcanically one of the most dynamic parts of the Earth's surface.’
    • ‘I found a beautiful little city, its medieval spires sitting astride the River Limmat and its face turned to the crystalline waters of Zurichsee, a lake so clean its water has been certified safe to drink.’
    • ‘Sitting astride it is the string of small islands known as the Andamans.’
    • ‘Strategically situated between the Black Sea and the oil-rich Caspian, and sitting astride two key oil and gas pipelines, Georgia borders Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia.’
    • ‘Masterminded by Gen Alberto Díaz, this was the last offensive on the WW I Italian front, mounted to assault the Austrian forces sitting astride the Piave river in north-east Italy.’
    • ‘Washington regards the country as a vital strategic asset, sitting astride key Asian shipping lanes and in close proximity to China.’
    • ‘Gingin is located in a small green gully sitting astride a nondescript creek.’
    • ‘Hollywood, a little village sitting astride the Kildare border in the Parish of Ballymore Eustace, has an equally long record in Gaelic football.’