• WordNet 3.6
    • v straddle range or extend over; occupy a certain area "The plants straddle the entire state"
    • v straddle be noncommittal
    • v straddle sit or stand astride of
    • n 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
    • n straddle the act of sitting or standing astride
    • n straddle a gymnastic exercise performed with a leg on either side of the parallel bars
    • n straddle a noncommittal or equivocal position
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The City of Istanbul straddles two separate continents, Europe and Asia.
    • Straddle A stock option giving the holder the double privilege of a “put” and a “call,” i. e., securing to the buyer of the option the right either to demand of the seller at a certain price, within a certain time, certain securities, or to require him to take at the same price, and within the same time, the same securities.
    • Straddle The act of standing, sitting, or walking, with the feet far apart.
    • Straddle The position, or the distance between the feet, of one who straddles; as, a wide straddle.
    • Straddle To part the legs wide; to stand or to walk with the legs far apart.
    • v. t Straddle To place one leg on one side and the other on the other side of; to stand or sit astride of; as, to straddle a fence or a horse.
    • Straddle To stand with the ends staggered; -- said of the spokes of a wagon wheel where they join the hub.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • straddle To stand or walk with the legs wide apart; sit or stand astride.
    • straddle To include or favor two apparently opposite or different things; occupy or take up an equivocal position in regard to something: as, to straddle on the tariff question.
    • straddle To place one leg on one side and the other on the other side of; stand or sit astride of: as, to straddle a fence or a horse.
    • straddle To occupy or take up an equivocal position in regard to; appear to favor both sides of: as, to straddle a political question.
    • straddle To double (the blind) in poker.
    • n straddle The act of standing or sitting with the legs far apart.
    • n straddle The distance between the feet or legs of one who straddles.
    • n straddle In speculative dealings on 'change, a “privilege” or speculative contract covering both a “put” and a “call”—that is, giving the holder the right at his option of calling, within a specified number of days, for a certain stock or commodity at a price named in the contract, or
    • n straddle of delivering to the person to whom the consideration had been paid a certain stock or commodity upon terms similarly stated. See call, n., 15, privilege, n., 5, and put, n., 5. Also called spread eagle.
    • n straddle In the game of poker, a doubling of the blind by one of the players.
    • n straddle An attempt to take an equivocal or non-committal position: as, a straddle in a party platform.
    • n straddle In mining, one of the vertical timbers by which the different sets are supported at a fixed distance from each other in the shaft; a vertical post used in various ways in timbering a mine, as in supporting the framework of a shaft at a hanging-on place.
    • straddle Astride; with straddled legs: as, to ride straddle.
    • n straddle A sort of tumble-bug; a scarabæid beetle with long legs, of the genus Canthon, as C. lævis. See cut under tumble-bug.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Straddle strad′l to stride or part the legs wide: to stand or walk with the legs far apart: to seem favourable to both sides in any question that divides opinion into parties, to trim with regard to any controversy
    • v.t Straddle to stand or sit astride of
    • n Straddle act of straddling: an attempt to fill a non-committal position: a stock-transaction in which the buyer obtains the privilege of either a put or a call: a vertical mine-timber supporting a set
    • adv Straddle astride
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  • Gunther Grass
    Gunther Grass
    “Information networks straddle the world. Nothing remains concealed. But the sheer volume of information dissolves the information. We are unable to take it all in.”
  • Charles A. Garfield
    Charles A. Garfield
    “Can you have more than one major MISSION pervading your life? NO. That would be like coming to a fork in the road and trying to go both ways by straddling it.”
  • Will Rogers
    “The reason political party platforms are so long is that when you straddle anything it takes a long time to explain it.”


Straddle the fence - To straddle the fence is to be indecisive, often to the point where it becomes painful not to make a decision.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. from the root of stride,


In literature:

The regulars went to bat, laughing, Siebold straddling the plate.
"Radio Boys Loyalty" by Wayne Whipple
Stonor cautiously straddled the log, and groped beneath it.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
Yes, egad will I send him one, and as proper a one too as ever a soldier straddled.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
This Colossus straddling toward him would thrash him within an inch of his life.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
When the camp is for one night only, straddle trenches suffice.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Before he could stir three men were straddled over his anatomy.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
The idea of me sitting here a-straddle of a mule!
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
Then, sparing of his words, he made a sign to the driver and sat down again straddle-wise on his chair.
"The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia" by William Somerset Maugham
Don Mathers pulled up a stenographer's chair and straddled it, leaning his arms on the back.
"Medal of Honor" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Toad straddled on the hearth-rug, thrust his paw into his trouser-pocket and pulled out a handful of silver.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
The right to straddle shall belong to the player to the left of ante.
"Round Games with Cards" by W. H. Peel
By using two horses we straddle the ridge, and save tramping it where our plants are to go.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
Once you're on my back I can straddle that easy.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
Well, I knowed that pitcher had to be got out, so I straddled down and fished it up.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
The Solar System was straddled by glowing, golden letters.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
Then the boys came straddling the bench like cowboys mounting horses.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Beside the road we saw a plow-boy straddle, whistling on a stile.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. X (of X) - America - II, Index" by Various
Here is a straddle-bug of some sort that's been trying to saw my foot off.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
It straddled the wreck.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
Paliser, straddling the bench, put his hat on the piano and looked at Cassy, who had gone to the window.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus

In poetry:

Our John will quack it like a duck,
And straddle like a clown;
Till 'twix vile roguery and luck
We steal for him the crown.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
We heeled up the cart before the door,
We took the harness inside —
The straw-stuffed straddle, the broken breeching
With bits of bull-wire tied;
"Kerr's Ass" by Patrick Kavanagh
You see this 'yer Dow
Hed the worst kind of luck;
He slipped up somehow
On each thing thet he struck.
Why, ef he'd a straddled thet fence-rail, the derned thing'd get up
and buck.
"Dow's Flat" by Francis Bret Harte
Then holding the spectacles up to the court, —
Your lordship observes they are made with a straddle,
As wide as the ridge of the Nose is, in short,
Designed to sit close to it, just like a saddle.
"Report Of An Adjudged Case" by William Cowper

In news:

Straddling the great divide.
Straddling the fence between federal regulation and local control hurts.
As the incredibly awesome illustration above shows, the extra-wide, extra-tall bus straddles two lanes of traffic, allowing passenger cars and small trucks to pass underneath.
They straddle the divide between white and black.
Straddling The Friendly Skies.
One of the holiest men in Tibetan Buddhism explains how his flock should straddle tradition and modernity.
Jinho "The Piper" Ferreira straddles two universes.
Nothing raises eco-awareness like a City Council member straddling a bicycle.
One of the pictures, which was posted on Facebook, shows what appears to be a female stripper straddling a teenager.
Straddling military and civilian life can be difficult.
Two years ago today, Glenn Beck sat atop the media world, straddling TV and politics.
Do you know that scene in Dr Strangelove, when Slim Pickens straddles The Bomb as it screams to its target.
Internet map looks at four strategic industries that straddle the border.
Hezbollah straddles tenuous line between Syria and Lebanon.
He divides environmentalists into romantics and scientists, the two cultures he's been straddling and blending since the 1960s.

In science:

Since charm quarks straddle the region between light quark physics and heavy quark physics, special care must be taken.
Precision charm physics, m_c and alpha_s from lattice QCD
According to this model the underlying source population consists of compact symmetric ob jects (Wilkinson et al. 1994), comprising central low-luminosity cores straddled by two mini-lobes.
Is there a standard measuring rod in the Universe?
Moreover, in contrast to Fig.1(a), the data for all representation groups and for the teams belonging to unaffiliated universities straddle the line in Fig.1(c).
Concentration versus dispersion of research resources: a contribution to the debate
The quench-straddling correlation function Re{gstraddle (0, t− , t+ )} as a function of t+ − t− .
Exact time evolution of space- and time-dependent correlation functions after an interaction quench in the 1D Bose gas
The explanation is that for a quench-straddling correlation dephasing takes place both via the energy and the momenta, which can be considered as orthogonal directions.
Exact time evolution of space- and time-dependent correlation functions after an interaction quench in the 1D Bose gas
Different symbols denote different heavy quark massess in the vicinity of mc , while the light quark masses straddle ms .
Physics of Heavy Quarks from Lattice QCD
The gray band straddling the solid (CDM) curve indicates the MAP sensitivity after combining the three highest frequency channels and averaging the spectrum over a 10% band in spherical harmonic order.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Experiments
Diffraction combines aspects of particle and wave-like nature of high energy scattering and straddles the interface between short and long distance domains of the strong interaction.
Summary of the Diffractive Working Group at DIS98
These clusters were selected to be at the vertices of an octahedron which symmetrically straddles the Galactic plane.
Distances from Surface Brightness Fluctuations
The top and bottom of the sample cell are independently temperature controlled at temperatures that straddle the NA transition temperature.
Two Experimental Tests of the Halperin-Lubensky-Ma Effect at the Nematic-Smectic-A Phase Transition
Since the applied temperature gradient straddles the NA transition, the resulting difference image contains a hot nematic part and a cooler smectic-A part separated by a flat boundary.
Two Experimental Tests of the Halperin-Lubensky-Ma Effect at the Nematic-Smectic-A Phase Transition
The values found for UGC 6464 straddle those found with our observations, while the one value previously published for UGC 2975 is smaller than that found with our observations.
New Reference Galaxy Standards for HI Emission Observations
The two values of mass difference closely straddle a 0th order level.
Phenomena from intersecting branes in six-dimensional Anti-de Sitter spacetime
We have found a range of ¯θ straddling ¯θ = 0 giving stable locked solutions for individual oscillators.
Synchronization by Reactive Coupling and Nonlinear Frequency Pulling
First, there is always a range of stable locked oscillator solutions straddling ¯θ = 0.
Synchronization by Reactive Coupling and Nonlinear Frequency Pulling