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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
straddle the border (=cover land on both sides of it)
▪ This small village straddles the border between the West Bank and Jerusalem.
▪ Catholic and protestant church organization straddles the border.
▪ The Falls straddled the new international border.
▪ Several accessions straddle the border between literature and criticism.
▪ He sat facing her, straddling the small wooden chair.
▪ Her job straddled marketing and public relations.
▪ I looked up to see her straddling one of the huge branches of the oak tree.
▪ Riders straddled their mountain bikes waiting for the race to begin.
▪ The forest straddles the U.S.- Mexico border.
▪ As a general argument it straddles the two others, being more limited than either but broader than each.
▪ Billy pushed his chair away from the table, straddling it, ready to move.
▪ The effect was heightened by the pavilions which straddled the track behind the main building.
▪ The worker must straddle and stretch across the distances, often very large distances.
▪ They cobbled together their economic theories, then, while straddling the secular and the sacred.
▪ When you straddle a thing it takes a long time to explain it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Straddle \Strad"dle\, v. t. 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 \Strad"dle\, n.

  1. The act of standing, sitting, or walking, with the feet far apart.

  2. The position, or the distance between the feet, of one who straddles; as, a wide straddle.

  3. 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. [Broker's Cant]


Straddle \Strad"dle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Straddled; p. pr. & vb. n. Straddling.] [Freq. from the root of stride.]

  1. To part the legs wide; to stand or to walk with the legs far apart.

  2. To stand with the ends staggered; -- said of the spokes of a wagon wheel where they join the hub.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1560s, "spread the legs wide," probably an alteration of striddle (mid-15c.), frequentative of striden (see stride (v.)). Transitive sense "place one leg on one side of and the other on the other side of" is from 1670s. U.S. colloquial figurative sense of "take up an equivocal position, appear to favor both sides" is attested from 1838. Related: Straddled; straddling. The noun is first recorded 1610s.


n. 1 a posture in which one straddles something 2 (context finance English) an investment strategy involving trade in derivatives 3 (context poker English) A voluntary raise made prior to receiving cards by the first player after the blinds. vb. To sit or stand with a leg on each side of something. To sit astride.

  1. n. a noncommittal or equivocal position

  2. a gymnastic exercise performed with the legs straddling the parallel bars

  3. the act of sitting or standing astride [syn: span]

  4. 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

  5. v. sit or stand astride of

  6. range or extend over; occupy a certain area; "The plants straddle the entire state" [syn: range]

  7. be noncommittal [ant: side]


In finance, a straddle refers to two transactions that share the same security, with positions that offset one another. One holds long risk, the other short. As a result, it involves the purchase or sale of particular option derivatives that allow the holder to profit based on how much the price of the underlying security moves, regardless of the direction of price movement. The purchase of particular option derivatives is known as a long straddle, while the sale of the option derivatives is known as a short straddle.

Straddle (disambiguation)

A straddle is a type of financial investment strategy. Straddle may also refer to:

  • Straddle bets, a type of poker bet
  • Straddle carrier, a large vehicle used to move containers around shipping ports
  • Straddle position, a pose of the human body
  • Straddle technique in high jump

Usage examples of "straddle".

Baptiste had Adeem pinned against the floor, straddling him as he wrapped his hands around his neck.

We did, with Artel straddling his chair backwards the way cowboys did in movie saloons.

After an extensive tussle, punctuated by whoops, giggles and female screams, the predictable result was obtained with Avis straddling his face, Eris his hips.

This young lady managed the whole family, even a little the small beflounced sister, who, with bold pretty innocent eyes, a torrent of fair silky hair, a crimson fez, such as is worn by male Turks, very much askew on top of it, and a way of galloping and straddling about the ship in any company she could pick up--she had long thin legs, very short skirts and stockings of every tint-- was going home, in elegant French clothes, to resume an interrupted education.

Many argued that he was only bluffing or, at worst, intending to seize two disputed islands and the southern half of the ar-Rumaylah oilfield, which straddled the Iraq-Kuwait border.

She was straddling the whipping tongue, grinding his head back down into the mattress until it was only half visible, his hair protruding bushily from between her full thighs, his legs kicking back toward the edge of the bed to catch his breath.

Marry, I cannot remember the names of them all, but there was certes the pavonian touch, the Ledan straddle too, the chthonian ditch, the I think it was termed Ceutan flight and eke the Madrilenan interuberal.

I straddled the big monster, effectively blocking his view with my body, the two nurses carried the third through the open door panel into the Detainment Area.

The injured duelist never failed to heighten her color, particularly when she remembered how she had sat straddled across his legs in her chemise, all modesty cast to the four winds.

Very quickly Guido straddled him and placed the palms of his hands on his back, then started to press rhythmically.

WHERE Jackman lay observing he could see the long, wide building which straddled the road past the Seasouth Interchange.

As she straddled the bike and started kicking, it occurred to me that I could enter the idling Jaguar and be gone.

Cameron noiselessly made his way to the cellar half an hour later, it was to find Rose squirming about in her restless anxiety, and the sight of her lusciously rounded firm young body tensing and straddled at his mercy was one calculated to stir his carnal appetites to extreme.

Once he had an attacker down, Peppy would straddle the man, glowering.

I had just time to note others of his species had dropped here and there upon the ground, and were hurrying with frantic haste to the same destination when he reached the fatal branch, and was straddling victoriously down it, blind to all but love and longing.