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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