Ride v. i. [imp. Rode (Rid [rĭd], archaic); p. p. Ridden (Rid, archaic); p. pr. & vb. n. Riding ]
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.
Rid·ing n. One of the three jurisdictions into which the county of York, in England, is divided; -- formerly under the government of a reeve. They are called the North, the East, and the West, Riding.
1. Employed to travel; traveling; as, a riding clerk. “One riding apparitor.”
2. Used for riding on; as, a riding horse.
3. Used for riding, or when riding; devoted to riding; as, a riding whip; a riding habit; a riding day.
Riding clerk. (a) A clerk who traveled for a commercial house. [Obs. Eng.] (b) One of the “six clerks” formerly attached to the English Court of Chancery.
Riding hood. (a) A hood formerly worn by women when riding. (b) A kind of cloak with a hood.
Riding master, an instructor in horsemanship.
Riding rhyme Pros., the meter of five accents, with couplet rhyme; -- probably so called from the mounted pilgrims described in the Canterbury Tales. --Dr. Guest.
Riding school, a school or place where the art of riding is taught.
1. The act or state of one who rides.
2. A festival procession. [Obs.]
When there any riding was in Cheap. --Chaucer.
3. Same as Ride, n., 3.
4. A district in charge of an excise officer. [Eng.]
Tri·thing n. One of three ancient divisions of a county in England; -- now called riding. [Written also riding.]
adj : traveling by wheeled vehicle such as bicycle or automobile
e.g.; "the riding public welcomed the new buses" [syn:
n 1: riding a horse as a sport [syn: horseback riding, equitation]
2: riding a horse as a means of transportation [syn: horseback