Bestride meaning

bĭ-strīd'
To sit or stand on with the legs astride; straddle.
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To dominate by position; tower over.
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To sit on, mount, or stand over with a leg on each side; straddle.
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To stride over or across.
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To be astride something, to stand over or sit on with legs on either side, especially to sit on a horse.
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(figuratively) To dominate.
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To step or stride across.
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Origin of bestride

  • Middle English bistriden from Old English bestrīdan be- be- strīdan to mount a horse stride
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition