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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bestrode imp. & p. p. of Bestride.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bestrode Preterit of bestride.
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In literature:

Never since he bestrode it had it been guilty of shying.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
He does not even admit that Buonaparte bestrode a cab-horse, as even the vanquished were ready to acknowledge.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The French King in fact 'bestrode the realm, having one foot in Calais, and the other in Scotland.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
The horses they bestrode were of the Mexican breed, or, in common parlance, mustangs.
"Ben's Nugget" by Horatio, Jr. Alger
Then he turned to a lean rider who bestrode a tall, rangy horse.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The other was bestrode by a savage, who appeared to be the leader of the band.
"The Ranger" by Edward S. Ellis
He carried the customary two guns of the country, and he bestrode a horse that was as noticeable as himself.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
He bestrode a horse tolerably sound, had a haversack before him reasonably stored.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
The leader of this mongrel gang was a massive man, who bestrode so small a mule that his feet were only a few inches from the ground.
"A Waif of the Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
The horses they bestrode were large and powerful animals.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
Don Mario bestrode the clouds.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Hail, the most mightiest that ever bestrode a steed!
"Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse" by Various
They bestrode the cannon singing the most indecent and insulting songs.
"Maria Antoinette" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
He had lost the best steed he had ever bestrode, and was again thrown upon his own resources.
"Through Apache Lands" by R. H. Jayne
The last few miles she bestrode Molly, for that intelligent creature had allowed herself to be caught.
"Frances of the Ranges" by Amy Bell Marlowe
The animal I bestrode moved with a spirited though easy gait, and nothing transpired for some miles.
"Los Gringos" by H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
He bestrode a powerful chestnut horse with a white blaze.
"A Veldt Official" by Bertram Mitford
The sturdy little Breton horse which Morice bestrode, snorted, shaking its head as it faced the purple moor before it.
"A Blot on the Scutcheon" by May Wynne
Squaws bestrode the little animals.
"The Westerners" by Stewart Edward White
Vividly, Ellis remembered riding with her, she on a spirited horse while he bestrode a pony.
"The Lost Wagon" by James Arthur Kjelgaard

In poetry:

So, past the hostel white they rode,
These men that three gray mules bestrode,
Till led the pale young moon afar,
By her slim silver horn, one star.
"Legend Of Seville" by Alice Cary
"O mony a time," quo Kinmont Willie.
"I have ridden horse baith wild and wood;
But a rougher beast than Red Rowan,
I ween my legs have neer bestrode.
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang
"Now," said the hindmost, "by my troth
Shamed is my knighthood for ye both." --
"So, pricking sharply, on they rode,
These men who three gray mules bestrode."
"Legend Of Seville" by Alice Cary
A rainless colt my instinct galloped free,
My youth bestrode a colt without a rein;
Intoxicate I went, a belted blade with me;
If I fell not-'twas God who did sustain.
"Portico" by Ruben Dario
Bring me the bells, the rattle bring,
And bring the hobby I bestrode,
When pleased, in many a sportive ring,
Around the room I jovial rode;
Even let me bid my lyre adieu,
And bring the whistle that I blew.
"Ode to Memory" by William Shenstone
All in a fine mud palace,—each day he took four meals,
And for a guard of honor,—a dog ran at his heels,
Sometimes, to view his kingdoms,—rode forth this monarch good,
And then a prancing jackass—he royally bestrode.
"The King Of Brentford" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

For years, the ideology of free markets bestrode the world, bending politics as well as economics to its core assumption: market forces produce the best solution to any problem.