Ride vs Tri - What's the difference?

ride | tri |

As a verb ride

is .

As a numeral tri is


As a preposition tri is





  • (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




  • (chiefly, attributive) triathlon
  • a tri bike
    a tri suit