What does the word astride mean?

Usage examples for astride

  1. He threw his leg across it, and, sitting astride, he leaned his elbows over the back and glowered at me as if he meant to frighten me. – Castles in the Air by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  2. Blindly following our guide who sat astride of a pole, Jimmie planted himself beside him, astride of the guide's back; Mrs. Jimmie, after having absolutely refused, was finally persuaded to place herself behind Jimmie, then came Bee, and last of all myself. – Abroad with the Jimmies by Lilian Bell