What does bestride mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hop on, mount, mount up, get on, jump on, climb on, bestrideverb

    get up on the back of

    "mount a horse"


  1. bestrideverb

    To be astride something, to sit on with legs on either side, especially to sit on a horse.

  2. bestrideverb

    To dominate

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Bestrideverb

    I bestrid; I have bestrid, or bestridden.

    Etymology: from stride.

    Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
    Like a colossus. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Make him bestride the ocean, and mankind
    Ask his consent, to use the sea and wind. Edmund Waller.

    That I see thee here,
    Thou noble thing! more dances my rapt heart,
    Than when I first my wedded mistress saw
    Bestride my threshold. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    He bestrides the lazy pacing clouds,
    And sails upon the bosom of the air. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Jul.

    That horse, that thou so often hast bestrid:
    That horse, that I so carefully have dress’d. William Shakespeare, R. II.

    Venetians do not more uncouthly ride,
    Than did their lubber state mankind bestride. Dryden.

    The bounding steed you pompously bestride,
    Shares with his lord the pleasure and the pride. Alexander Pope.

    He bestrid
    An o’erpress’d Roman, and i’ th’ consul’s view
    Slew three opposers: Tarquin’s self he met,
    And struck him on his knee. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Let us rather
    Hold fast the mortal sword; and, like good men,
    Bestride our downfaln birthdom. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    If thou see me down in the battle, and bestride me, so; ’tis a point of friendship. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    He doth bestride a bleeding land,
    Gasping for life, under great Bolingbroke. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.


  1. bestride

    To bestride is to straddle or stand over something with a leg on each side, often in a dominating or controlling way. It can also mean to sit or stand astride over something or someone. Additionally, it is used figuratively to mean taking a powerful or controlling position in relation to certain situations or subjects.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bestrideverb

    to stand or sit with anything between the legs, or with the legs astride; to stand over

  2. Bestrideverb

    to step over; to stride over or across; as, to bestride a threshold

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bestride

    be-strīd′, v.t. to stride over: to sit or stand across: to defend, protect, from the sense of standing over a fallen man to defend him:—pa.t. bestrid′, bestrōde′; pa.p. bestrid′, bestrid′den.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bestride in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bestride in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bestride in a Sentence

  1. Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary:

    Our people don't want to be registered with Danish unions because the Danish collective agreement -- which has been such a success on world-leading Danish airlines like Cimber Air, Sterling, Maersk, all of whom bestride the aviation globe as international colossi -- would require us to cut their pay, our pay is higher than the Danish collective agreement, but we would have to then pay for things like their underwear -- they have an underwear allowance because that's what's in the Danish collective agreement -- and, frankly, our pilots and cabin crew would rather buy their own knickers as long as we pay them more money.

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