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.
Rode n. Redness; complexion. [Obs.] “His rode was red.”
Rode, n. See Rood, the cross. [Obs.]
Rode, imp. of Ride.
n 1: a journey in a vehicle driven by someone else; "he took the
family for a drive in his new car" [syn: drive]
2: a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or
v 1: 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" [syn: sit]
2: be carried or travel on or in a vehicle; "I ride to work in
a bus"; "He rides the subway downtown every day" [ant: walk]
3: continue undisturbed and without interference; "Let it ride"
4: move like a floating object; "The moon rode high in the
5: 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" [syn: tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize,
tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally]
6: 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"
7: have certain properties when driven; "This car rides
smoothly"; "My new truck drives well" [syn: drive]
8: be contingent on; "The outcomes rides on the results of the
electin"; "Your grade will depends on your homework" [syn:
depend on, devolve on, depend upon, turn on, hinge
on, hinge upon]
9: lie moored or anchored; "Ship rides at anchor"
10: sit on and control a vehicle; "He rides his bicycle to work
every day"; "She loves to ride her new motorcycle through
11: climb up on the body; "Shorts that ride up"; "This skirt
keeps riding up my legs"
12: ride over, along, or through; "Travel the highways of
America"; "Ride the freeways of California"
13: keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with
the foot; "Don't ride the clutch!"
14: copulate with; "The bull was riding the cow" [syn: mount]
[also: rode, ridden]