Definitions for: Ride


[n] a journey in a vehicle driven by someone else; "he took the family for a drive in his new car"
[n] a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or excitement
[v] harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"
[v] copulate with, as of animals; "The bull was riding the cow"
[v] keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot; "Don't ride the clutch!"
[v] move like a floating object; "The moon rode high in the night sky"
[v] ride over, along, or through; "Travel the highways of America"; "Ride the freeways of California"
[v] be carried or travel on or in a vehicle; "I ride to work in a bus"; "He rides the subway downtown every day"
[v] sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions; "She never sat a horse!"; "Did you ever ride a camel?"; "The girl liked to drive the young mare"
[v] climb up on the body; "Shorts that ride up"; "This skirt keeps riding up my legs"
[v] sit on and control a vehicle; "He rides his bicycle to work every day"; "She loves to ride her new motorcycle through town"
[v] continue undisturbed and without interference; "Let it ride"
[v] lie moored or anchored; "Ship rides at anchor"
[v] be contingent on; "The outcomes rides on the results of the electin"; "Your grade will depends on your homework"
[v] have certain properties when driven; "This car rides smoothly"; "My new truck drives well"
[v] be sustained or supported or borne; "His glasses rode high on his nose"; "The child rode on his mother's hips"; "She rode a wave of popularity"; "The brothers rode to an easy victory on their father's political name"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ride, v. i. [imp. Rode (r[=o]d) (Rid [r[i^]d],
archaic); p. p. Ridden(Rid, archaic); p. pr. & vb. n.
Riding.] [AS. r[=i]dan; akin to LG. riden, D. rijden, G.
reiten, OHG. r[=i]tan, Icel. r[=i][eth]a, Sw. rida, Dan.
ride; cf. L. raeda a carriage, which is from a Celtic word.
Cf. Road.]
1. To be carried on the back of an animal, as a horse.

To-morrow, when ye riden by the way. --Chaucer.

Let your master ride on before, and do you gallop
after him. --Swift.

2. To be borne in a carriage; as, to ride in a coach, in a
car, and the like. See Synonym, below.

The richest inhabitants exhibited their wealth, not
by riding in gilden carriages, but by walking the
streets with trains of servants. --Macaulay.

3. To be borne or in a fluid; to float; to lie.

Men once walked where ships at anchor ride.
--Dryden.

4. To be supported in motion; to rest.

Strong as the exletree On which heaven rides.
--Shak.

On whose foolish honesty My practices ride easy!
--Shak.

5. To manage a horse, as an equestrian.

He rode, he fenced, he moved with graceful ease.
--Dryden.

6. To support a rider, as a horse; to move under the saddle;
as, a horse rides easy or hard, slow or fast.

To ride easy (Naut.), to lie at anchor without violent
pitching or straining at the cables.

To ride hard (Naut.), to pitch violently.

To ride out.
(a) To go upon a military expedition. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
(b) To ride in the open air. [Colloq.]

To ride to hounds, to ride behind, and near to, the hounds
in hunting.

Syn: Drive.

Usage: Ride, Drive. Ride originally meant (and is so used
throughout the English Bible) to be carried on
horseback or in a vehicle of any kind. At present in
England, drive is the word applied in most cases to
progress in a carriage; as, a drive around the park,
etc.; while ride is appropriated to progress on a
horse. Johnson seems to sanction this distinction by
giving ``to travel on horseback'' as the leading sense
of ride; though he adds ``to travel in a vehicle'' as
a secondary sense. This latter use of the word still
occurs to some extent; as, the queen rides to
Parliament in her coach of state; to ride in an
omnibus.

``Will you ride over or drive?'' said Lord
Willowby to his quest, after breakfast that
morning. --W. Black.


Ride, v. t.
1. To sit on, so as to be carried; as, to ride a horse; to
ride a bicycle.

[They] rend up both rocks and hills, and ride the
air In whirlwind. --Milton.

2. To manage insolently at will; to domineer over.

The nobility could no longer endure to be ridden by
bakers, cobblers, and brewers. --Swift.

3. To convey, as by riding; to make or do by riding.

Tue only men that safe can ride Mine errands on the
Scottish side. --Sir W.
Scott.

4. (Surg.) To overlap (each other); -- said of bones or
fractured fragments.

To ride a hobby, to have some favorite occupation or
subject of talk.

To ride and tie, to take turn with another in labor and
rest; -- from the expedient adopted by two persons with
one horse, one of whom rides the animal a certain
distance, and then ties him for the use of the other, who
is coming up on foot. --Fielding.

To ride down.
(a) To ride over; to trample down in riding; to overthrow
by riding against; as, to ride down an enemy.
(b) (Naut.) To bear down, as on a halyard when hoisting a
sail.

To ride out (Naut.), to keep safe afloat during (a storm)
while riding at anchor or when hove to on the open sea;
as, to ride out the gale.


Ride, n.
1. The act of riding; an excursion on horseback or in a
vehicle.

2. A saddle horse. [Prov. Eng.] --Wright.

3. A road or avenue cut in a wood, or through grounds, to be
used as a place for riding; a riding.

Synonyms: bait, cod, depend on, depend upon, devolve on, drive, drive, hinge on, hinge upon, mount, rag, rally, razz, sit, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, turn on, twit

Antonyms: walk

See Also: amusement park, banter, barrack, bemock, bicycle, big dipper, bike, boat, build on, build upon, bus, canter, carousel, carrousel, chaff, chariot, chute-the-chute, climb, climb up, continue, copulate, couple, cycle, engage, extend, Ferris wheel, float, flout, funfair, gallop, gibe, go, go along, go on, go up, hitch, hitchhike, jeer, jolly, josh, journey, journey, journeying, joyride, joyride, keep, kid, lie, lift, lock, locomote, mate, mechanical device, merry-go-round, mesh, mock, motorcycle, mount, move, operate, outride, override, pair, pedal, piggyback, pleasure ground, prance, proceed, rail, repose on, rest on, ride herd, ride horseback, roller coaster, roundabout, scoff, sled, sledge, sleigh, snowmobile, taxi, thumb, tool, tool around, train, travel, wheel, whirligig

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Famous Quotes Containing Ride:


Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. (American Leader)

All I wanted to do was ride skateboards - I wanted to be a professional skateboarder. But I had this problem. I kept breaking half of my body skateboarding.

-- Travis Barker (American Musician)

We don't have milk cows. People have so many stereotypes of people from where I come from - Oklahoma. We don't ride around in covered wagons, either.

-- Carrie Underwood (American Musician)

It's been a tremendous ride. My 15 years, my 15 minutes of fame, is up.

-- Emmitt Smith (American Athlete)

The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are.

-- Robert Fulghum (American Author)

When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.

-- S. E. Hinton (American Writer)

I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you're on it.

-- Johnny Depp ( Actor)

I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values.

-- Al Sharpton (American Politician)

Later, in the early teens, I used to ride my bike every Saturday morning to the nearest airport, ten miles away, push airplanes in and out of the hangars, and clean up the hangars.

-- Alan Shepard (American Astronaut)

If the ride is more fly, then you must buy.

-- Snoop Dogg (American Musician)

My daddy used to say that I was too big to ride and too little to hitch a wagon - no good for a damn thing.

-- Dan Blocker (American Actor)

In the road ships must ride in 30, 40, or 50 fathom water, not above half a mile from the shore at farthest: and if there are many ships they must ride close one by another.

-- William Dampier (English Explorer)

To answer that I have to describe what I think is my responsibility as a thriller writer: To give my readers the most exciting roller coaster ride of a suspense story I can possibly think of.

-- Jeffery Deaver (American Writer)

Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow.

-- Woody Guthrie (American Musician)

The first plane ride was in a homemade glider my buddy and I built. Unfortunately we didn't get more than four feet off the ground, because it crashed.

-- Alan Shepard (American Astronaut)

Man hath still either toys or care: But hath no root, nor to one place is tied, but ever restless and irregular, about this earth doth run and ride. He knows he hath a home, but scarce knows where; He says it is so far, that he has quite forgot how to go there.

-- Henry Vaughan (Welsh Poet)

Driving a motorcycle is like flying. All your senses are alive. When I ride through Beverly Hills in the early morning, and all the sprinklers have turned off, the scents that wash over me are just heavenly. Being House is like flying, too. You're free of the gravity of what people think.

-- Hugh Laurie (British Comedian)

Personally I had the opportunity to go on several ride alongs with the LA County Sheriff's Department with some amazing detectives, who were invaluable to me.

-- Nancy McKeon (American Actress)

That's really my goal now. I'm trying to be a positive role model to my kids and to just enjoy this ride, because it's hard. It's hard to enjoy it when you're in it.

-- Taylor Dayne (American Musician)

Christ rode on an ass, but now asses ride on Christ.

-- Heinrich Heine (German Poet)

I can't remember ever being told how to ride.

-- Gordon Richards (English Celebrity)

Dad went to Canada to learn how to fly with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He took me on my first airplane ride, where I could have a hand on the stick.

-- Wally Schirra (American Astronaut)

I'm having a great time. It's like I'm on some ridiculous big roller coaster not knowing what's happening next, but just having a great time on the ride.

-- Samantha Mumba (Irish Musician)

I've got the best of all worlds. It's every actor's dream to wake up in New York City and go to an acting job rather than to a restaurant to wash dirty dishes. And I live so close to the studios that I ride my bike to work.

-- Christopher Meloni (American Actor)

We do spend time talking about it and we puzzle through it together. We ride the roller coasters together - the high highs and the low lows.

-- Kyra Sedgwick (American Actress)

But I went to the University of Texas in the 30s, and while there I learned to ride. Mostly polo ponies.

-- Eli Wallach (American Actor)

Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is... the highway to success.

-- Og Mandino (American Author)

When I was a kid, my step dad started this business and would go out and get lost cows and stuff. He was part-time truck driver, farmer and cowboy. He taught me how to ride from an early age.

-- Tim McGraw (American Musician)

I wish I was not such a very bad hand at languages. That is one thing I cannot do, that and ride.

-- Richard H. Davis ( -)

I had daydreams and fantasies when I was growing up. I always wanted to live in a log cabin at the foot of a mountain. I would ride my horse to town and pick up provisions. Then return to the cabin, with a big open fire, a record player and peace.

-- Linda McCartney (American Photographer)

I don't like the negative of reality tv - the 'you're no good, so you have to leave, I choose you, but I thought you really loved me.' It's all about how bad people are and I just hate that. I like Pimp my Ride where someone is helping somebody.

-- Bob Saget (American Actor)

There was a time when I felt I should do everything that was offered to me, you know, ride the wave.

-- Christian Slater (American Actor)

When I was old enough to ride a motorcycle and got my license, I bought a '69 Sportster.

-- Chuck Zito (American Celebrity)

My wife and I, we like to ride where there's not much traffic.

-- Evel Knievel (American Entertainer)

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

-- Hunter S. Thompson (American Journalist)


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