A verb with many maritime uses. A rope round a winch or capstan rides when the turn with the strain overlies and jams the following turn. A ship rides to its anchor when it is on the bottom and is holding it, and also rides to the tide or the wind when anchored, or it can ride out a gale. In a square-rigged ship a seaman on the yards who stamps down on the bunt of a sail is said to be riding it down.
Subjects: Maritime History.