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strad·dle

 (străd′l)
v. strad·dled, strad·dling, strad·dles
v.tr.
1.
a. To stand or sit with a leg on each side of; bestride: straddle a horse.
b. To be on both sides of; extend over or across: a car straddling the centerline.
2. To appear to favor both sides of (an issue).
3. To fire shots behind and in front of (a target) in order to determine the range.
v.intr.
1. To walk, stand, or sit with the legs wide apart, especially to sit astride.
2. To spread out in a disorderly way; sprawl.
3. To appear to favor both sides of an issue.
4. To place a bet in poker before the cards are dealt that is twice the amount of the big blind when one is immediately to the left of the big blind.
n.
1. The act or posture of sitting astride.
2. An equivocal or a noncommittal position.
3. The simultaneous purchase or sale of a call option and a put option with the same strike price and expiration date as a means of speculating on the degree of price change in the underlying asset.
4. The bet made when straddling in poker.
Idiom:
straddle the fence Informal
To be undecided or uncommitted.

[Akin to stride.]

strad′dler n.
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straddle

(ˈstrædəl)
vb
1. (tr) to have one leg, part, or support on each side of
2. (tr) informal US and Canadian to be in favour of both sides of (something)
3. (intr) to stand, walk, or sit with the legs apart
4. (tr) to spread (the legs) apart
5. (Military) military to fire a number of shots slightly beyond and slightly short of (a target) to determine the correct range
6. (Card Games) (intr) (in poker, of the second player after the dealer) to double the ante before looking at one's cards
n
7. the act or position of straddling
8. a noncommittal attitude or stand
9. (Stock Exchange) commerce a contract or option permitting its purchaser to either sell or buy securities or commodities within a specified period of time at specified prices. It is a combination of a put and a call option. Compare spread24c
10. (Athletics (Track & Field)) athletics a high-jumping technique in which the body is parallel with the bar and the legs straddle it at the highest point of the jump
11. (Card Games) (in poker) the stake put up after the ante in poker by the second player after the dealer
12. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) Irish a wooden frame placed on a horse's back to which panniers are attached
[C16: frequentative formed from obsolete strad- (Old English strode), past stem of stride]
ˈstraddler n
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strad•dle

(ˈstræd l)

v. -dled, -dling,
n. v.i.
1. to walk, stand, or sit with the legs wide apart; stand or sit astride.
2. to be positioned wide apart, as the legs.
3. to favor or appear to favor both of two opposite sides; equivocate.
v.t.
4. to stand or sit astride of: to straddle a horse.
5. to favor or appear to favor both sides of: straddle an issue.
n.
6. an act or instance of straddling.
7. the taking of a noncommittal position.
8. the simultaneous purchase of a stock option to buy and one to sell, in an effort to hedge one's risk.
[1555–65; appar. irreg. frequentative (with -le) of stride]
strad′dler, n.
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straddle


Past participle: straddled
Gerund: straddling

Imperative
straddle
straddle
Present
I straddle
you straddle
he/she/it straddles
we straddle
you straddle
they straddle
Preterite
I straddled
you straddled
he/she/it straddled
we straddled
you straddled
they straddled
Present Continuous
I am straddling
you are straddling
he/she/it is straddling
we are straddling
you are straddling
they are straddling
Present Perfect
I have straddled
you have straddled
he/she/it has straddled
we have straddled
you have straddled
they have straddled
Past Continuous
I was straddling
you were straddling
he/she/it was straddling
we were straddling
you were straddling
they were straddling
Past Perfect
I had straddled
you had straddled
he/she/it had straddled
we had straddled
you had straddled
they had straddled
Future
I will straddle
you will straddle
he/she/it will straddle
we will straddle
you will straddle
they will straddle
Future Perfect
I will have straddled
you will have straddled
he/she/it will have straddled
we will have straddled
you will have straddled
they will have straddled
Future Continuous
I will be straddling
you will be straddling
he/she/it will be straddling
we will be straddling
you will be straddling
they will be straddling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been straddling
you have been straddling
he/she/it has been straddling
we have been straddling
you have been straddling
they have been straddling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been straddling
you will have been straddling
he/she/it will have been straddling
we will have been straddling
you will have been straddling
they will have been straddling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been straddling
you had been straddling
he/she/it had been straddling
we had been straddling
you had been straddling
they had been straddling
Conditional
I would straddle
you would straddle
he/she/it would straddle
we would straddle
you would straddle
they would straddle
Past Conditional
I would have straddled
you would have straddled
he/she/it would have straddled
we would have straddled
you would have straddled
they would have straddled
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straddle

An old style of high jumping in which a jumper takes off from the foot nearest to the bar, crossing it stomach downward in a draped position.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.straddle - a noncommittal or equivocal positionstraddle - a noncommittal or equivocal position
perspective, view, position - a way of regarding situations or topics etc.; "consider what follows from the positivist view"
2.straddle - a gymnastic exercise performed with a leg on either side of the parallel bars
gymnastic exercise - (gymnastics) an exercise designed to develop and display strength and agility and balance (usually performed with or on some gymnastic apparatus)
3.straddle - the act of sitting or standing astride
call option, call - the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
put, put option - the option to sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
4.straddle - the option to buy or sell a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date; consists of an equal number of put and call options
option - the right to buy or sell property at an agreed price; the right is purchased and if it is not exercised by a stated date the money is forfeited
Verb1.straddle - sit or stand astride of
be - occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?"
2.straddle - range or extend over; occupy a certain area; "The plants straddle the entire state"
constitute, make up, comprise, be, represent - form or compose; "This money is my only income"; "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"; "These constitute my entire belonging"; "The children made up the chorus"; "This sum represents my entire income for a year"; "These few men comprise his entire army"
spread-eagle - stretch over; "His residences spread-eagle the entire county"
3.straddle - be noncommittal
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straddle

verb
1. sit astride, bestride, mount, sit with legs either side of He looked at her with a grin and sat down, straddling the chair.
2. span, cross, bridge, vault, traverse, range over, extend across, arch across A small wooden bridge straddled the dike.
3. cover, bridge, span, range over He straddles two cultures, having been brought up in Britain and later converted to Islam.
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straddle

verb
1. To sit or stand with a leg on each side of:
2. To sit or lie with the limbs spread out awkwardly:
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Translations

straddle

[ˈstrædl] VT [+ horse] → montar a horcajadas, ponerse a horcajadas sobre; [+ target] → horquillar; [town] [+ river etc] → hacer puente sobre
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

straddle

[ˈstrædəl] vt
(= be astride) [+ horse, bike, chair, person] → enfourcher
(= be across) [+ road, river, border] → enjamber
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

straddle

vt (standing) → breitbeinig or mit gespreizten Beinen stehen über (+dat); (sitting) → rittlings sitzen auf (+dat); (jumping) → grätschen über (+acc); (fig) differencesüberbrücken; two continents, borderüberspannen; periodsgehen über; he straddled the fence/horse etcer saß rittlings auf dem Zaun/Pferd etc; to straddle the border/riversich über beide Seiten der Grenze/beide Ufer des Flusses erstrecken; to straddle an issue (US inf) → in einer Frage zwischen zwei Lagern schwanken
n (Sport) → Grätsche f; (in high jump) → Schersprung m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

straddle

[ˈstrædl] vt (subj, person, stream) → stare a gambe divaricate su; (chair) → stare a cavalcioni di; (horse) → stare in groppa a; (subj, bridge, stream) → essere sospeso/a sopra; (subj, town, border) → essere a cavallo di
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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Jeremy Corbyn and his inner circle may still think they are being clever by trying to straddle the fence on Brexit, but their poll ratings demonstrate that their lack of a definitive position has diminished their support.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would prefer to straddle the fence. He insists he seeks good relations with every nation but in reality he is veering away from Washington towards Moscow.
But it takes more than winning these days to motivate those fans who straddle the fence on whether or not to attend games.
"We may be suffering", he wrote in Harper's Magazine, "a kind of collective heart attack, a modern metaphysical one - pained by the weakening of long-held notions of the heart as the home of the soul and the seat of deep emotions." For many of us sentimental fools who straddle the fence between science and literature, accepting the heart as a mere four-chambered muscular organ will not do.