With one leg for each side as a man when on horseback aided by the feet stretched wide apart astraddle
- with the legs stretched far apart
- with one leg on each part
- With one knee on each side, as a person when on horseback; with the legs stretched wide aside; astraddle.
1660s, from a- (1) "on" + stride (letter.).
(adv.) With one knee on each side, as a person when on horseback; using the feet stretched wide aside; astraddle.
The divide between the rivers flowing west and those flowing east and north is very sharp in the southern Rocky Mountains, but there are two lakes, the Committee's Punch Bowl and Fortress Lake, right astride of it, sending their waters both east and west; and there is a mountain somewhat south of Fortress Lake whose melting snows drain in three directions into tributaries of the Columbia, the Saskatchewan and the Athabasca, so that they are distributed between the Pacific, the Atlantic (Hudson Bay) and the Arctic Oceans.