S. ride


Sally, 1951–2012, U.S. astronaut and astrophysicist: first U.S. woman to reach outer space 1983.
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ride (raɪd)
vb (often foll by on) , rides, riding, rode, ridden
1.  to sit on and control the movements of (a horse or other animal)
2.  (tr) to sit on and propel (a bicycle or similar vehicle)
3.  (intr; often foll by on or in) to be carried along or travel on or in a vehicle: she rides to work on the bus
4.  (tr) to travel over or traverse: they rode the countryside in search of shelter
5.  (tr) to take part in by riding: to ride a race
6.  to travel through or be carried across (sea, sky, etc): the small boat rode the waves; the moon was riding high
7.  (US), (Canadian) (tr) to cause to be carried: to ride someone out of town
8.  (intr) to be supported as if floating: the candidate rode to victory on his new policies
9.  (intr) (of a vessel) to lie at anchor
10.  (tr) (of a vessel) to be attached to (an anchor)
11.  (esp of a bone) to overlap or lie over (another structure or part)
12.  informal (South African)
 a.  (intr) to drive a car
 b.  (tr) to transport (goods, farm produce, etc) by motor vehicle or cart
13.  (tr) (of a male animal) to copulate with; mount
14.  slang (tr) to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
15.  (tr; usually passive) to tyrannize over or dominate: ridden by fear
16.  informal (tr) to persecute, esp by constant or petty criticism: don't ride me so hard over my failure
17.  informal (intr) to continue undisturbed: I wanted to change something, but let it ride
18.  (tr) to endure successfully; ride out
19.  (tr) to yield slightly to (a blow or punch) in order to lessen its impact
20.  (of a bet) to remain placed: let your winnings ride on the same number
21.  (intr) jazz to play well, esp in freely improvising at perfect tempo
22.  ride roughshod over to domineer over or act with complete disregard for
23.  ride to hounds to take part in a fox hunt on horseback
24.  ride for a fall to act in such a way as to invite disaster
25.  informal ride again to return to a former activity or scene of activity
26.  riding high confident, popular, and successful
27.  a journey or outing on horseback or in a vehicle
28.  a path specially made for riding on horseback
29.  transport in a vehicle, esp when given freely to a pedestrian; lift: can you give me a ride to the station?
30.  a device or structure, such as a roller coaster at a fairground, in which people ride for pleasure or entertainment
31.  slang an act of sexual intercourse
32.  slang a partner in sexual intercourse
33.  informal take for a ride
 a.  to cheat, swindle, or deceive
 b.  to take (someone) away in a car and murder him
[Old English rīdan; related to Old High German rītan, Old Norse rītha]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ridan "ride" (as on horseback), "move forward, rock" (class I strong verb; past tense rad, pp. riden), from P.Gmc. *ridanan (cf. O.N. riða, O.Fris. rida, M.Du. riden, Ger. reiten), from PIE *reidh- "to ride" (cf. O.Ir. riadaim "I travel," O.Gaul. reda "chariot"). Meaning "heckle" is from 1912;
that of "have sex with (a woman)" is from 1250; that of "dominate cruelly" is from 1583. The noun is first recorded 1759; slang meaning "a motor vehicle" is recorded from 1930; sense of "amusement park device" is from 1934. To ride out "endure (a storm, etc.) without great damage" is from 1529. To ride shotgun is 1963, from Old West stagecoach custom in the movies. To ride shank's mare "walk" is from 1846. To take (someone) for a ride "tease, mislead, cheat," is first attested 1925, Amer.Eng., possibly from underworld sense of "take on a car trip with intent to kill" (1927). Phrase go along for the ride "join in passively" is from 1960. A ride cymbal (1956) is used by jazz drummers for keeping up continuous rhythm, as opposed to a crash cymbal (ride as "rhythm" in jazz slang is recorded from 1936).
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