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tr.v. be·strode (-strōd′), be·strid·den (-strĭd′n), be·strid·ing, be·strides
1. To sit or stand on with the legs astride; straddle.
2. To dominate by position; tower over: "Hitler's ghost, the specter that ... bestrides mid-twentieth-century history" (Economist).
3. Archaic To step or stride across.
[Middle English bistriden, from Old English bestrīdan : be-, be- + strīdan, to mount a horse; see stride.]
vb (tr) , -strides, -striding or -strode, archaic -strid, -stridden or archaic -strid
1. to have or put a leg on either side of
2. to extend across; span
3. to stride over or across
v.t. -strode -strid, -strid•den -strid, -strid•ing.
1. to get or be astride of; straddle.
2. to tower over; dominate.
3. to step over with long strides.
Past participle: bestrode
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|Verb||1.||bestride - get up on the back of; "mount a horse"|
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
remount - mount again; "he remounted his horse"