Ride vs Race - What's the difference?

ride | race |

As verbs the difference between ride and race

is that ride is while race is .

As an adjective race is

distinguished; classy.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • (transitive) To transport oneself by sitting on and directing a horse, later also a bicycle etc.
  • * 1597 , William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, part 1 :
  • Go Peto, to horse: for thou, and I, / Haue thirtie miles to ride yet ere dinner time.
  • * 1814 , Jane Austen, Mansfield Park :
  • I will take my horse early tomorrow morning and ride over to Stoke, and settle with one of them.
  • * 1923 , "Mrs. Rinehart", Time , 28 Apr 1923:
  • It is characteristic of her that she hates trains, that she arrives from a rail-road journey a nervous wreck; but that she can ride a horse steadily for weeks through the most dangerous western passes.
  • * 2010 , The Guardian , 6 Oct 2010:
  • The original winner Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia was relegated after riding too aggressively to storm from fourth to first on the final bend.
  • (transitive) To be transported in a vehicle; to travel as a passenger.
  • * 1851 , Herman Melville, Moby-Dick :
  • Now, in calm weather, to swim in the open ocean is as easy to the practised swimmer as to ride in a spring-carriage ashore.
  • * 1960 , "Biznelcmd", Time , 20 Jun 1960:
  • In an elaborately built, indoor San Francisco, passengers ride cable cars through quiet, hilly streets.
  • The cab rode him downtown.
  • Of a ship: to sail, to float on the water.
  • * Dryden
  • Men once walked where ships at anchor ride .
  • * 1719 , Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe :
  • By noon the sea went very high indeed, and our ship rode forecastle in, shipped several seas, and we thought once or twice our anchor had come home
  • (intransitive) To be carried or supported by something lightly and quickly; to travel in such a way, as though on horseback.
  • The witch cackled and rode away on her broomstick.
  • To support a rider, as a horse; to move under the saddle.
  • A horse rides easy or hard, slow or fast.
  • (transitive) To mount (someone) to have sex with them; to have sexual intercourse with.
  • * c. 1390 , Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Nun's Priest's Tale", Canterbury Tales :
  • Womman is mannes Ioye and al his blis / ffor whan I feele a nyght your softe syde / Al be it that I may nat on yow ryde / ffor þat oure perche is maad so narwe allas [...].
  • * 1997 , Linda Howard, Son of the Morning , p. 345:
  • She rode him hard, and he squeezed her breasts, and she came again.
  • (colloquial) To nag or criticize; to annoy (someone).
  • * 2002 , Myra MacPherson, Long Time Passing: Vietnam and the haunted generation , p. 375:
  • “One old boy started riding me about not having gone to Vietnam; I just spit my coffee at him, and he backed off.
  • Of clothing: to gradually move (up) and crease; to ruckle.
  • * 2008 , Ann Kessel, The Guardian , 27 Jul 2008:
  • In athletics, triple jumper Ashia Hansen advises a thong for training because, while knickers ride up, ‘thongs have nowhere left to go’: but in Beijing Britain's best are likely, she says, to forgo knickers altogether, preferring to go commando for their country under their GB kit.
  • To rely, depend (on).
  • * 2006 , "Grappling with deficits", The Economist , 9 Mar 2006:
  • With so much riding on the new payments system, it was thus a grave embarrassment to the government when the tariff for 2006-07 had to be withdrawn for amendments towards the end of February.
  • Of clothing: to rest (in a given way on a part of the body).
  • * 2001 , Jenny Eliscu, "Oops...she's doing it again", The Observer , 16 Sep 2001:
  • She's wearing inky-blue jeans that ride low enough on her hips that her aquamarine thong peeks out teasingly at the back.
  • (lacrosse) To play defense on the defensemen or midfielders, as an attackman.
  • To manage insolently at will; to domineer over.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • The nobility could no longer endure to be ridden by bakers, cobblers, and brewers.
  • To convey, as by riding; to make or do by riding.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • The only men that safe can ride / Mine errands on the Scottish side.
  • (surgery) To overlap (each other); said of bones or fractured fragments.
  • Derived terms

    * ride bareback * ride bitch * ride herd on * ride one's luck * ride roughshod over * ride shotgun * ride tall in the saddle * ride the rails * ride the pine * ride with the punches


    (en noun)
  • An instance of riding.
  • Can I have a ride on your bike?
  • (informal) A vehicle.
  • That is a nice ride you are driving.
  • An amusement ridden at a fair or amusement park.
  • A lift given to someone in another person's vehicle.
  • Can you give me a ride ?
  • (UK) A road or avenue cut in a wood, for riding; a bridleway or other wide country path.
  • (UK, dialect, archaic) A saddle horse.
  • (Wright)

    Derived terms

    * bike-and-ride * free ride * go along for the ride * joy ride * Nantucket sleigh ride * ride cymbal * white-knuckle ride



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) , (etyl) and (etyl) (m).


  • A contest between people, animals, vehicles, etc. where the goal is to be the first to reach some objective. Several horses run in a horse race , and the first one to reach the finishing post wins
  • The race around the park was won by Johnny, who ran faster than the others.
    We had a race to see who could finish the book the quickest.
  • * 2012 November 2, Ken Belson, "[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/03/sports/new-york-city-marathon-will-not-be-held-sunday.html?hp&_r=0]," New York Times (retrieved 2 November 2012):
  • After days of intensifying pressure from runners, politicians and the general public to call off the New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, city officials and the event’s organizers decided Friday afternoon to cancel the race .
  • A progressive movement toward a goal.
  • A fast-moving current of water, such as that which powers a mill wheel.
  • Swift progress; rapid course; a running.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The flight of many birds is swifter than the race of any beasts.
  • Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life.
  • * Milton
  • My race' of glory run, and ' race of shame.
  • Travels, runs, or journeys. (rfex)
  • The bushings of a rolling element bearing which contacts the rolling elements.
  • Derived terms
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


  • To take part in a race (in the sense of a contest).
  • To compete against in such a race.
  • To move or drive at high speed.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-21, author= Chico Harlan
  • , volume=189, issue=2, page=30, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Japan pockets the subsidy … , passage=Across Japan, technology companies and private investors are racing to install devices that until recently they had little interest in: solar panels. Massive solar parks are popping up as part of a rapid build-up that one developer likened to an "explosion."}}
  • Of a motor, to run rapidly when not engaged to a transmission.
  • * 1891 (December) (Arthur Conan Doyle), The Man with the Twisted Lip :
  • "My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built."

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m), of uncertain origin. According to philologist Gianfranco Contini,Devoto, Giacomo, Avviamento all'etimologia italiana , Mondadori. the Italian word comes from (etyl) (m) . Some authorities suggest derivation from (etyl) (m), (m), from earlier (m), . This, however, is difficult to support, since Italian (m) predates the Spanish word.Diez, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der romanischen Sprachen, "Razza." Another possible source is (etyl) . A fourth possibility is that the Italian razza'' derives from (etyl) ratio through an unattested intermediate form *''razzo .


    (wikipedia race)
  • A group of sentient beings, particularly people, distinguished by common heritage or characteristics:
  • # A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage.
  • #* 1913', Martin Van Buren Knox, ''The religious life of the Anglo-Saxon '''race
  • # A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of common physical characteristics, such as skin color or hair type.
  • Race was a significant issue during apartheid in South Africa.
  • # (controversial usage) One of the categories from the many subcategorizations of the human species. See Wikipedia's article on .
  • #* {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April
  • , author=(Jan Sapp) , title=Race Finished , volume=100, issue=2, page=164 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=Few concepts are as emotionally charged as that of race'. The word conjures up a mixture of associations—culture, ethnicity, genetics, subjugation, exclusion and persecution. But is the tragic history of efforts to define groups of people by ' race really a matter of the misuse of science, the abuse of a valid biological concept?}}
  • The Native Americans colonized the New World in several waves from Asia, and thus they are considered part of the same Mongoloid race .
  • # A large group of sentient beings distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage .
  • A treaty was concluded between the race''' of elves and the '''race of men.
  • #* 1898 , Herman Isidore Stern, The gods of our fathers: a study of Saxon mythology , page 15)
  • There are two distinct races of gods known to Norse mythology[.]
  • (biology) A population geographically separated from others of its species that develops significantly different characteristics; (an informal term for) a subspecies.
  • A breed or strain of domesticated animal.
  • * Shakespeare
  • For do but note a wild and wanton herd, / Or race of youthful and unhandled colts, / Fetching mad bounds.
  • (figuratively) A category or species of something that has emerged or evolved from an older one (with an implied parallel to animal breeding or evolutionary science).
  • The advent of the Internet has brought about a new race of entrepreneur.
    Recent developments in artificial intelligence has brought about a new race of robots that can perform household chores without supervision.
  • Peculiar flavour, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavour.
  • * Shakespeare
  • a race of heaven
  • * Massinger
  • Is it [the wine] of the right race ?
  • Characteristic quality or disposition.
  • * Shakespeare
  • And now I give my sensual race the rein.
  • * Sir W. Temple
  • Some great race of fancy or judgment.
    * * *
    Derived terms
    (Terms derived from the noun "race") * * * * * *

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl), from (etyl) (m).


    (en noun)
  • A rhizome or root, especially of ginger.
  • * 1842 , Gibbons Merle, The Domestic Dictionary and Housekeeper's Manual , page 433:
  • On the third day after this second boiling, pour all the syrup into a pan, put the races of ginger with it, and boil it up until the syrup adheres to the spoon.




    * (l), (l) * (l)


    * '' Diez, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der romanischen Sprachen, "Razza." * Notes: English terms with multiple etymologies ----