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Definition of "straddle" [strad•dle]

  • To stand or sit with a leg on each side of; bestride: straddle a horse. (verb-transitive)
  • To be on both sides of; extend over or across: a car straddling the centerline. (verb-transitive)
  • To appear to favor both sides of (an issue). (verb-transitive)
  • To fire shots behind and in front of (a target) in order to determine the range. (verb-transitive)
  • To walk, stand, or sit with the legs wide apart, especially to sit astride. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "straddle" in a sentence
  • "Hoodathunk (sponsored by the FSM, Noodles for Freedom!) says: backup, are you just a teeny bit cranky because that fence you constantly straddle is chafing?"
  • "A straddle is a bet on volatility, as it makes money if a market moves sharply either up or down."
  • "The straddle is self-centering, and clamps securely with two small hex screws."