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Meaning of riding by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -aɪdɪŋ



    1. Present participle of ride .


    riding ( plural: ridings )

    1. A path cut through woodland .
    2. ( obsolete ) A festival procession .
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    Etymology 2

    From Middle English, from Old English *þriðing, from Old Norse þriðjungr ( “third part” )


    riding ( plural: ridings )

    1. Historically, one of the three administrative divisions of Yorkshire and some other northern counties .
    2. ( Canada ) Electoral district or constituency .

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Explanation of riding by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. travel by being carried on horseback

    2. the sport of siting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements

    Definition of riding by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Ride v. i. [imp. Rode ( rōd ) ( Rid [rĭd], archaic ); p. p. Ridden ( ) ( Rid, archaic ); p. pr. & vb. n. Riding] [AS. rīdan; akin to LG. riden, D. rijden, G. reiten, OHG. rītan, Icel. rīða, 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. To go upon a military expedition. [Obs.] Chaucer. To ride in the open air. [Colloq.] -- To ride to hounds, to ride behind, and near to, the hounds in hunting.

      Syn. -- Drive. -- 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.

    2. Riding ( rīdĭng ), n. [For thriding, Icel. þriðjungr the third part, fr. þriði third, akin to E. third. See Third.] 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. Blackstone.

    3. Riding, a.
      1. Employed to travel; traveling; as, “a riding clerk”. “One riding apparitor.” Ayliffe.

      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 clerk who traveled for a commercial house. [Obs. Eng.] One of the “six clerks” formerly attached to the English Court of Chancery. -- Riding hood. A hood formerly worn by women when riding. 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.

    4. Riding, n.
      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. Sir P. Sidney.

      4. A district in charge of an excise officer. [Eng.]

    5. Trithing n. [See Ist Riding.] One of three ancient divisions of a county in England; -- now called riding. [Written also riding.] Blackstone.

    6. Trithing n. [See Ist Riding.] One of three ancient divisions of a county in England; -- now called riding. [Written also riding.] Blackstone.