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:


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 ( -)

Ride the horse in the direction that it's going.

-- Werner Erhard (American Celebrity)

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

-- Oprah Winfrey (American Entertainer)

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)

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)

Don't get me wrong, I think bikes are terrific. I own several of my own, including a trendy mountain style, and ride them for pleasure and light exercise.

-- Brock Yates (American Editor)

I felt pretty comfortable with Westerns, apart from the fact I couldn't ride.

-- Richard Widmark (American Actor)

One might as well try to ride two horses moving in different directions, as to try to maintain in equal force two opposing or contradictory sets of desires.

-- Robert Collier (American Publisher)

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)

If I didn't try to eavesdrop on every bus ride I take or look for the humor when I go for a walk, I would just be depressed all the time.

-- Lynda Barry (American Cartoonist)

The Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin has a legal right to ride in a golf cart between shots at PGA Tour events. Man, the next thing you know, they're going to have some guy carry his clubs around for him.

-- Jon Stewart (American Entertainer)

Isaac and I are going to Israel to ride for peace enviromental justice and a safer world for us all.

-- Mandy Patinkin (American Actor)

It's been a pretty fun ride, to tell you the truth.

-- R. Lee Ermey (American Soldier)

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

-- Evel Knievel (American Entertainer)

I've had a chance to fly a lot of different airplanes, but it was nothing like the shuttle ride.

-- Chris Hadfield (Canadian Astronaut)

I love to ride horses, hike in the woods with Juliette and appraise Longhorns.

-- Janine Turner (American Actress)

It's been quite a ride. I loved every minute of it.

-- Charlton Heston (American Actor)

Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.

-- Joseph Addison (English Writer)

Faced with the choice of enduring a bad toothache or going to the dentist, we generally tried to ride out the bad tooth.

-- Joseph Barbera (American Cartoonist)

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

-- Heinrich Heine (German Poet)

One thing led to another and I didn't have to take tickets any more because I now worked for Mr. Rogers. He said if I was going to take care of his horses than I'd better learn how to ride. He was very kind to me.

-- Glenn Ford (American Actor)

Mr. Speaker, less than 10 percent of our Nation's children walk or ride their bicycles to school, and too many schools continue to invite fast-food vendors into their cafeterias.

-- Lois Capps (American Politician)

Certainly, I think being depressed is absolutely part of the human condition, it has to be, if there's joy there's its opposite, and it's something you ride if you possibly can.

-- Bob Geldof (Irish Actor)

Love doesn't make the word go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

-- Franklin P. Jones (American Journalist)

I always look for an intense experience, an intense ride. There is nothing better than a good zombie movie where you run crazy and blow at monsters! It was a physical shoot and I enjoyed it.

-- Sarah Polley (Canadian Actress)

One of the most important days of my life was when I learned to ride a bicycle.

-- Michael Palin (British Comedian)

Consumers are increasingly feeling that they are being taken for a ride.

-- Larry Craig (American Politician)

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)

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 rollercoaster ride. There have been some great moments and some low points... like when I was leaving Stax. That's when I actually thought of getting out of the business.

-- William Bell ( -)

This is real human drama, we're not creating some amusement park ride for the summer. Even though the movie is really exciting to watch, it's got a real pathos behind it.

-- John C. Reilly (American Actor)

It's never paid to bet against America. We come through things, but its not always a smooth ride.

-- Warren Buffett (American Businessman)

I wouldn't mind starting to ride some more if I had a really good horse to just work a little bit with every day.

-- Robert Duvall (American Actor)

I mean, I grew up riding. I can't ever remember not being able to ride or rope and all that stuff. It was part of my life growing up, so it was fun for me.

-- Tim McGraw (American Musician)

There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens.

-- Leon Trotsky (Russian Revolutionary)


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