riding

1 of 3

noun (1)

rid·​ing ˈrī-diŋ How to pronounce riding (audio)
: the action or state of one that rides

riding

2 of 3

adjective

rid·​ing
1
: used for or when riding
a riding horse
riding boots
2
: operated by a rider
a riding mower

riding

3 of 3

noun (2)

ri·​ding ˈrī-diŋ How to pronounce riding (audio)
1
: one of the three administrative jurisdictions into which Yorkshire, England, was formerly divided
2
: an administrative jurisdiction or electoral district in a British dominion (such as Canada)

Examples of riding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Elsewhere on the land are chicken coops, a drip irrigation system, raised bed-garden, glass greenhouse and horse corrals, along with riding and hiking trails leading to the Charmlee Wildnerness Park. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 Arizona Bike Week in Scottsdale Arizona Bike Week is a celebration of motorcycles and music with two stages featuring live music all day and all of the night, plus vendors, stunt shows, bull riding, contests and demos. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2024 While Jane's passion was breeding and riding, Bob was an avid jogger. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 30 Mar. 2024 Editor Tip: Due to its, ergonomic finger slip and larger base, this pick is perfect for grinding and riding positions by yourself or with a partner. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 3 Mar. 2024 There’s been some action by government officials to get a better handle on rules and regulations regarding the safe riding of e-bikes. Laylan Connelly, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 His presence gave me courage when the riding got tough, and having his help in inaccessible places made life easier. Sophie Morgan, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Feb. 2024 The upright architecture positions your body comfortably for long-term riding, and a front suspension (with 80-millimeter of travel) works with a plush suspension seat post to smooth out harsh terrain. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 Rockin' River Ranch State Park history True to its name, Rockin' River Ranch once operated as a ranch with horse riding and boarding facilities. The Arizona Republic, 1 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (2)

Middle English -redying or trithing, alteration of Old English *thriding, from Old Norse thrithjungr third part, from thrithi third; akin to Old English thridda third — more at third entry 1

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of riding was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Riding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riding. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

riding

adjective
rid·​ing
ˈrīd-iŋ
1
: used for or when riding
riding boots
2
: operated by a rider
a riding mower
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