[ride] vb rode or chiefly dial rid ; rid.den or chiefly dial rid or rode ; rid.ing [ME, fr. OE ridan; akin to OHG ritan to ride, MIr reidid he rides] vi (bef. 12c) 1 a: to sit and travel on the back of an animal that one directs b: to travel in or on a conveyance
2: to travel as if on a conveyance: be borne "rode on a wave of popularity" 3 a: to lie moored or anchored "a ship ~s at anchor" b: sail c: to move like a floating object "the moon rode in the sky"
4: to become supported on a point or surface
5. a: to travel over a surface "the car ~s well" b: to move on the body "shorts that ~ up"
6: to continue without interference "let it ~"
7. a: to be contingent: depend "plans on which the future ~s" b: to become bet "a lot of money riding on the favorite" ~ vt 1 a: to travel on "~ a bike" "~ the bus" b: to move with like a rider "~ the waves"
2. a: to traverse by conveyance "rode 500 miles" b: to ride a horse in "~ a race"
3: survive, outlast--usu. used with out "rode out the gale"
4: to traverse on horseback to inspect or maintain "~ fence"
5: to mount in copulation
6. a: obsess, oppress "ridden by anxiety" b: to harass persistently: nag c: tease, rib 7: carry, convey 8: to project over: overlap 9: to give with (a punch) to soften the impact 10: to keep in partial engagement by resting a foot continuously on the pedal "~ the brakes" -- rid.able or ride.able adj -- ride circuit : to hold court in the various towns of a judicial circuit -- ride for a fall : to court disaster -- ride herd on : to keep a check on -- ride high : to experience success -- ride shotgun : to ride in the front passenger seat of a motor vehicle
ride n (1759) 1: an act of riding; esp: a trip on horseback or by vehicle
2: a way (as a road or path) suitable for riding
3: any of various mechanical devices (as at an amusement park) for riding on
4. a: a trip on which gangsters take a victim to murder him b: something likened to such a trip "take the taxpayers for a ~"
5: a means of transportation
6: the qualities of travel comfort in a vehicle