from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To sit or stand on with the legs astride; straddle.
- transitive v. To dominate by position; tower over: "Hitler's ghost, the specter that ... bestrides mid-twentieth-century history” ( Economist).
- transitive v. Archaic To step or stride across.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be astride something, to stand over or sit on with legs on either side, especially to sit on a horse.
- v. To dominate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To stand or sit with anything between the legs, or with the legs astride; to stand over.
- transitive v. To step over; to stride over or across.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To straddle over; mount astride of; stretch the legs or corresponding parts across so as to embrace: as, to bestride a horse; spectacles bestriding the nose.
- To step over; cross by stepping.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. get up on the back of
Middle English bistriden, from Old English bestrīdan : be-, be- + strīdan, to mount a horse; see stride.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)