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Meaning of astride

a•stride

Pronunciation: (u-strīd'), [key]
— prep.
  1. with a leg on each side of; straddling: She sat astride the horse.
  2. on both sides of: Budapest lies astride the river.
  3. in a dominant position within: Napoleon stands astride the early 19th century like a giant.
—adv., adj.
  1. in a posture of striding or straddling; with legs apart or on either side of something.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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