bestride[bē strīd′, bi-]
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transitive verb be·strode , be·strid·den , be·strid·ing, be·strides
- To sit or stand on with the legs astride; straddle.
- To dominate by position; tower over: “Hitler's ghost, the specter that … bestrides mid-twentieth-century history” (Economist).
- Archaic To step or stride across.
Origin: Middle English bistriden, from Old English bestrīdan : be-, be- + strīdan, to mount a horse; see stride.