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Meaning of A CHEVAL

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\A` che*val"\ [F., lit., on horseback.]
Astride; with a part on each side; -- used specif. in
designating the position of an army with the wings separated
by some line of demarcation, as a river or road.

      A position [`a] cheval on a river is not one which a
      general willingly assumes.               --Swinton.

 

 

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