from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of riding.
  • n. Horseback riding.
  • n. An administrative division or electoral division in Canada.
  • n. Any one of three former administrative divisions of Yorkshire, England.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of ride.
  • n. A path cut through woodland.
  • n. A festival procession.
  • n. Historically, one of the three administrative divisions of Yorkshire and some other northern counties.
  • n. Electoral district or constituency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Employed to travel; traveling.
  • adj. Used for riding on.
  • adj. Used for riding, or when riding; devoted to riding
  • n. 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.
  • n. The act or state of one who rides.
  • n. A festival procession.
  • n. Same as Ride, n., 3.
  • n. A district in charge of an excise officer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of going on horseback, or in a carriage, etc. See ride, verb Specifically A festival procession.
  • n. Same as ride, 3.
  • n. One of the three districts, each anciently under the government of a reeve, into which the county of York, in England, is divided.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the sport of siting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements
  • n. travel by being carried on horseback


Middle English, alteration of trithing, from Old English *thrithing, from Old Norse thridhjungr, third part, from thridhi, third; see trei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English *þriðing, from Old Norse þriðjungr ("third part") (Wiktionary)


  • The immediate grounds for the inference are not facts about horses and riding, but the linguistic or structural parallelism between the statements ˜white horses are horses™ and ˜riding white horses is riding horses™.

    Mohist Canons

  • And the little craft no longer rocked as before; -- they felt another and a larger motion, -- long slow ascents and descents enduring for minutes at a time; -- they were riding the great swells, -- _riding the horizon!

    Two Years in the French West Indies

  • This riding is the only competitive NDP-Conservative race in the province.

    Top 10 NDP Races to Watch

  • The NDP, on the other hand, has never come close to winning in Outremont, but the riding is the NDP's number one target in Quebec and the party has significantly increased its share of the vote in Outremont in recent years.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • Actually, I'm not sure what you call riding the subway, but I do know that "training" is what roadies call cycling.

    Takin' It to the Streets: Things are Schluff All Over

  • That this riding is a facetious exaggeration of the African practice I find was guessed by Mr. Keightley.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • So that's what you call riding a media wave, folks.

    CNN Transcript Jan 6, 2008

  • There was an overseer on each farm and what they called a riding boss over Nash and Edgecombe.

    Oral History Interview with Elizabeth Pearsall, May 25, 1988. Interview C-0056. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • They'll have a tally for the results of each of the 308 ridings (a "riding" is the parliamentary equivalent of a congressional district).

    January 2006

  • From the Globe and Mail (note: a "riding" is the parliamentary equivalent to a congressional district): Ottawa — Christian activists have secured Conservative nominations in clusters of ridings from Vancouver to Halifax -- a political penetration that has occurred even as the party tries to distance itself from hard-line social conservatism.

    May 2005


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  • originally (t)riding - an administrative district in Yorkshire

    July 5, 2007