riding definition by Webster's New World
- that rides
- used in or for riding or traveling: a riding costume, riding horses
- ☆ designed to be operated by a rider: a riding mower
- any of the three former administrative divisions (North Riding, East Riding, and West Riding) of Yorkshire, England
- any similar division in the Commonwealth; specif., a Canadian electoral district
Origin: Middle English (t)riding ; from Old English -thrithing, a third part (only in Classical Latin contexts) ; from Old Norse thrithjungr ; from thrithi, third: initial t was lost to the preceding sound in compounds formed with North-, East-, and West-
riding definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of riding.
- Horseback riding.
- An administrative division or electoral division in Canada.
- Any one of three former administrative divisions of Yorkshire, England.
Origin: Middle English, alteration of trithing, from Old English *thrithing, from Old Norse thridhjungr, third part, from thridhi, third; see trei- in Indo-European roots.
Variant of ride
- to sit on and be carried along by a horse or other animal, esp. one controlled by the rider
- to be carried along (in a vehicle, on a bicycle, etc.)
- to move along as if so carried
- to move along or be carried or supported in motion (on or upon): tanks ride on treads
- to be fit for riding or admit of being ridden: a car that rides smoothly
- to move or float on the water
- Now Rare to lie at anchor: the ships riding close to shore
- to seem to be floating in space
- to overlap, as bones in a joint
- to be dependent (on): the change rides on his approval
- to be placed as a bet (on)
- ☆ Informal to continue undisturbed, with no action taken: let the matter ride
Origin: Middle English riden ; from Old English ridan, akin to German reiten ; from Indo-European base an unverified form reidh-, to go, be in motion from source Classical Latin reda, four-wheel carriage
- to sit on or in and control so as to move along: to ride a horse, a bicycle, etc.
- to move along on or be mounted, carried, or supported on: to ride the waves, to ride a merry-go-round
- to rest on, as by overlapping
- to operate partially by keeping the foot on the pedal: to ride the brake
- to move over, along, or through (a road, fence, area, etc.) by horse, car, etc.
- to cover (a specified distance) by riding
- to engage in or do by riding: to ride a race
- to cause to ride; carry; convey
- to mount (a female) as for copulation
- to control, dominate, tyrannize over, or oppress: often in the past participle: ridden by doubts
- Informal to torment, harass, or tease by making the butt of ridicule, criticism, etc.
- a riding; esp., a journey by horse, car, bicycle, etc.
- a way or chance to ride
- the way a car, etc. rides
- a road, track, etc. for riding, esp. on horseback
- a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, or other thing to ride, as at an amusement park