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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To stand or sit with a leg on each side of; bestride: straddle a horse.
  • transitive v. To be on both sides of; extend over or across: a car straddling the centerline.
  • transitive v. To appear to favor both sides of (an issue).
  • transitive v. To fire shots behind and in front of (a target) in order to determine the range.
  • intransitive v. To walk, stand, or sit with the legs wide apart, especially to sit astride.
  • intransitive v. To spread out in a disorderly way; sprawl.
  • intransitive v. To appear to favor both sides of an issue.
  • n. The act or posture of sitting astride.
  • n. An equivocal or a noncommittal position.
  • n. The option to buy or sell a specific asset, such as a block of stock, at a predetermined price before a certain date.
  • idiom straddle the fence Informal To be undecided or uncommitted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To sit or stand with a leg on each side of something.
  • v. To form a disorderly sprawl.
  • v. To fire successive artillery shots in front of and behind of a target, especially in order to determine its range.
  • v. To place a voluntary raise prior to receiving cards (only by the first player after the blinds).
  • n. a posture in which one straddles something
  • n. an investment strategy involving trade in derivatives
  • n. A voluntary raise made prior to receiving cards by the first player after the blinds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of standing, sitting, or walking, with the feet far apart.
  • n. The position, or the distance between the feet, of one who straddles; as, a wide straddle.
  • n. 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.
  • intransitive v. To part the legs wide; to stand or to walk with the legs far apart.
  • intransitive v. To stand with the ends staggered; -- said of the spokes of a wagon wheel where they join the hub.
  • transitive v. To place one leg on one side and the other on the other side of; to stand or sit astride of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stand or walk with the legs wide apart; sit or stand astride.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To occupy or take up an equivocal position in regard to; appear to favor both sides of: as, to straddle a political question.
  • To double (the blind) in poker.
  • Astride; with straddled legs: as, to ride straddle.
  • n. The act of standing or sitting with the legs far apart.
  • n. The distance between the feet or legs of one who straddles.
  • n. 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. 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. In the game of poker, a doubling of the blind by one of the players.
  • n. An attempt to take an equivocal or non-committal position: as, a straddle in a party platform.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A sort of tumble-bug; a scarabæid beetle with long legs, of the genus Canthon, as C. lævis. See cut under tumble-bug.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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. the act of sitting or standing astride
  • v. be noncommittal
  • n. a noncommittal or equivocal position
  • v. range or extend over; occupy a certain area
  • v. sit or stand astride of
  • n. a gymnastic exercise performed with a leg on either side of the parallel bars

Etymologies

Akin to stride.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "Just you come and sit down here. I hate to have you straddling about the room when I'm trying to talk to you."

    - Harold Frederic, The Damnation of Theron Ware, ch. 17

    August 2, 2008