riding

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹaɪdɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪdɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: rid‧ing

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English rydyng; equivalent to ride +‎ -ing.

Verb[edit]

riding

  1. present participle of ride

Noun[edit]

riding (countable and uncountable, plural ridings)

  1. A path cut through woodland.
  2. The act of one who rides; a mounted excursion.
    • 1853, Charlotte Mary Yonge, The Heir of Redclyffe (volume 1, page 95)
      I like nothing better than to hear of your ridings, and shootings, and boatings.
  3. The behaviour in the motion of a vehicle, such as oscillation.
    • 1959 March, “The 2,500 h.p. electric locomotives for the Kent Coast electrification”, in Trains Illustrated, page 125:
      A maximum of 80 m.p.h. was quickly reached on the 1 in 264 down through Three Bridges and at this pace the riding was exemplary.
  4. (obsolete) A festival procession.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
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Etymology 2[edit]

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From trithing (initial /t/ absorbed into preceding north, south, east, west, inner ‘th’ already sometimes /d/ in Middle English), from Middle English trithing, tridinge, from Old English *þriðing, from Old Norse þriðjungr (third part), from Proto-Germanic *þridjô (third) (English third). Equivalent to third +‎ -ing; compare with farthing (fourth part). Cognate with English trithing.

The folk etymology that connects the term to the area a horse-rider could cover in a single day is incorrect, but may have influenced the spelling and pronunciation.

Noun[edit]

riding (plural ridings)

  1. (historical) Any of the three administrative divisions of Yorkshire and some other northern counties of England.
  2. (Canada) Electoral district or constituency.

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Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

riding

  1. Alternative form of rydyng