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 can't remember ever being told how to ride.

-- Gordon Richards (English Celebrity)

And in 'Frisco Kid' and in 'The Woman in Red' I had to ride badly. Then you have to really ride well in order to ride badly.

-- Gene Wilder (American Actor)

I suppose that every time there is difficulty. I remember about Space Mountain: It took us ten years before we found the technology that would allow such a ride. And during these ten years, I had a model that I kept, waiting for the technology we needed.

-- John Hench (American Artist)

Mine was an easy ride compared to Jackie Robinson's.

-- Sidney Poitier (American Actor)

Truth is the silliest thing under the sun. Try to get a living by the Truth and go to the Soup Societies. Heavens! Let any clergyman try to preach the Truth from its very stronghold, the pulpit, and they would ride him out of his church on his own pulpit bannister.

-- Herman Melville (American Novelist)

But for every hour and a half on stage, you have a five hour long bus ride, waiting for five hours at the airport, five hours of interviews... I know, it's part of the job, but that doesn't imply I have to like it.

-- Andrew Eldritch (English Musician)

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)

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)

I have been agreeably disappointed in my idea of the camels. They are far from unpleasant to ride; in fact, it is much less fatiguing than riding on horseback, and even with the little practice I have yet had, I find it shakes me less.

-- William John Wills (English Scientist)

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

-- Janine Turner (American Actress)

Riding a motorcycle on today's highways, you have to ride in a very defensive manner. You have to be a good rider and you have to have both hands and both feet on the controls at all times.

-- Evel Knievel (American Entertainer)

In our Nation, approximately 22.5 million children ride school buses to and from school each day, which accounts for 54 percent of all students attending grade school.

-- Kenny Marchant (American Politician)

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)

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

-- Warren Buffett (American Businessman)

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)

They plan to ride into the White House on the Sweet Talk Express. Well, think again. Bush and Cheney are not compassionate conservatives. They are ruthless reactionaries.

-- Patricia Ireland (American Activist)

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 the way you ride the trail that counts.

-- Dale Evans (American Actress)

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

-- Franklin P. Jones (American Journalist)

The fortunes of the entire world may well ride on the ability of young Americans to face the responsibilities of an old America gone mad.

-- Phil Ochs (American Musician)

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)

We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore. What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls ride over the river, we know not. Ah, well! we may conjecture many things.

-- John Wesley Powell (American Explorer)

In less enlightened times, the best way to impress women was to own a hot car. But women wised up and realized it was better to buy their own hot cars so they wouldn't have to ride around with jerks.

-- Scott Adams (American Cartoonist)

A few hours' ride brought us to the banks of the river Kansas.

-- Francis Parkman (American Historian)

My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being foreign to them.

-- Terry Prachett (English Author)

Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It's about hanging on during a very bumpy ride.

-- Ron Taffel ( -)

If I want to work, I can. If I want to play golf, or ride my motorcycle, I can. But the rest of it is family. Sometimes you're not really needed by your family, but you're there. And my kids like to know I'm there.

-- Bob Seger (American Musician)

Surfing is such an amazing concept. You're taking on Nature with a little stick and saying, 'I'm gonna ride you!' And a lot of times Nature says, 'No you're not!' and crashes you to the bottom.

-- Jolene Blalock (American Actress)

Just able barely to mount a horse and ride about a little in the spring of 1866, my life was threatened daily, and I was forced to go heavily armed. The whole country was then full of militia, robbing, plundering and killing.

-- Jesse James (American Criminal)

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)

I never ride just to ride. I ride to catch a fox. I play baseball to make the team.

-- Sargent Shriver (American Politician)

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)

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)

If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.

-- Toni Morrison (American Novelist)

It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This, however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required.

-- Stephen Leacock (Canadian Economist)


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