to get or be astride of; have or place the legs on both sides of.
to step over or across with long strides.
to stand or tower over; dominate.
In the midst a dark and lazy current, which a tall man might bestride, crept twisting like a snake among the weeds and rushes.
La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West Francis Parkman
Sheer audacity is at times the surest steed a man can bestride.
To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
To most of us, to borrow from Shakespeare, he seems to bestride this narrow world like a Colossus.
The Real Gladstone J. Ewing Ritchie
After the death of his master no one was permitted to bestride that good horse.
The History of Chivalry, Volume II (of 2) Charles Mills
But there was one great man who was in both sections, a painter and a poet, who may be said to bestride the chasm like a giant.
The Victorian Age in Literature G. K. Chesterton
These lads are as lithe and lean as the ponies they bestride.
The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
To bestride is to stand over anything with one foot on each side.
The Story of Sigurd the Volsung William Morris
He seemed to bestride it as we could imagine Alexander bestriding his Bucephalus.
Here and There in London J. Ewing Ritchie
As for that, said Gareth, I shall not fail you an I may bestride mine horse.
Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II (of II) Thomas Malory
“I shall not fail you if I can bestride my horse,” said Gareth.
Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15) Charles Morris
verb (transitive) -strides, -striding, -strode (archaic) -strid, -stridden, (archaic) -strid
to have or put a leg on either side of
to extend across; span
to stride over or across
Old English bestridan “to bestride, mount,” from be- + stridan “to stride” (see stride). Cf. Middle Dutch bestryden.
to set with or as if with studs; dot: an evening sky bestudded with stars. Historical Examples These brilliant constellations began to bestud the sky, and the Southern Cross shone out. In Search of the Castaways Jules Verne
free from doubt as to the reliability, character, action, etc., of something: to be sure of one’s data. confident, as of something expected: sure of success. convinced, fully persuaded, or positive: to be sure of a person’s guilt. assured or certain beyond question: a sure victory. worthy of confidence; reliable; stable: a sure messenger. unfailing; […]
a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble, sweet-tasting alkaloid, C 5 H 11 NO 2 , usually obtained from sugar beets or synthesized from glycine, used chiefly in medicine. Historical Examples It is a product of the decomposition of choline, betaine, and neuridine, when these substances are distilled with potash. Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth […]
to cause to go (usually used reflexively): She betook herself to town. Archaic. to resort or have recourse to. Historical Examples The prince of Byblos sent to me, saying: betake thyself from my harbor. Archology and the Bible George A. Barton She knew at once that she must betake her to the Truth for refuge. […]