Simple past tense and past participle of bestride. (verb)
Examples of word bestrode
So they gave him each an hundred gold pieces, after which he slew them and took their mules, one of which he mounted, whilst Ala al-Din bestrode the other.
To be sure, "Greater Germany was a reality: it bestrode the continent, its economy was the strongest and its political model was the most dynamic."
Sometimes it almost frightens me to think that they are grandchildren, MY grandchildren â€” I, who only the other day, it would seem, was as heart-free, leg-free, care-free a girl as ever bestrode a horse, or swam in the big surf, or gathered opihis at low tide, or laughed at a dozen lovers.
Britain bestrode the world like a colossus and only those with strong nerves or weak judgment dared challenge the Pax Britannica.
In making the "intrusiveness" argument, Cameron is probably drawing on a dimly remembered era in Tory folk memory when feminists bestrode the Earth.