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To conduct. [Little used.]

RING'LEAD-ER, n. [ring and leader.]

The leader of any association of men engaged in violation of law or an illegal enterprise, as rioters, mutineers and the like. This name is derived from the practice which men associating to oppose law have sometimes adopted, of signing their names to articles of agreement in a ring, that no one of their number might be distinguished as the leader.

RING'LET, n. [dim. of Ring.]

  1. A small ring. – Pope.
  2. A curl; particularly, a curl of hair. Her golden tresses in wanton ringlets wav'd. – Milton.
  3. A circle. To dance our ringlets in the whistling wind. – Shak.


A bird of the genus Turdus, (T. torquatus,) inhabiting the hilly and mountainous parts of Great Britain. – Ed. Encyc.


A small light sail set on a pole on the tafferel of a vessel; also a studding-sail set upon the gaff of a fore and aft sail. Brande.


Having the shape of a ring. – Decandolle.

RING'-STREAK-ED, a. [ring and streak.]

Having circular streaks or lines on the body; as, ring-streaked goats. – Gen. xxx.

RING'-TAIL, n. [ring and tail.]

  1. A kind of kite with a whitish tail. – Bailey.
  2. A small quadrilateral sail, set on a small mast on a ship's tafferel.

RING'-WORM, n. [ring and worm.]

A vesicular eruption of the skin, the vesicles being small, with a reddish base, and forming rings, whose area is slightly discolored. It is called Herpes circinatus by Good.

RINSE, v.t. [rins; Sw. rensa or rena, to cleanse or purify; Dan. renser, to clean, to purge, to purify, to scour; Sax. rein, D. and G. rein, clean; Fr. rincer; Arm. rinsa, rinsein. This word is probably from the same radix as the Gr. ραινω, and ραντιζω, to sprinkle. Our common people pronounce this word rens, retaining their native pronunciation. This is one of many instances in which the purity of our vernacular language has been corrupted by those who have understood French better than their mother tongue.]

  1. To wash; to cleanse by washing. But in present usage,
  2. To cleanse with a second or repeated application of water after washing. We distinguish washing from rinsing. Washing is performed by rubbing, or with the use of soap; rinsing is performed with clean water, without much rubbing or the use of soap. Clothes are rinsed by dipping and dashing; and vessels are rinsed by dashing water on them, or by slight rubbing. A close barrel may be rinsed, but can not well be washed.

RINS'ED, pp.

Cleansed with a second water; cleaned.


One that rinses.

RINS'ING, ppr.

Cleansing with a second water.

RI'OT, n. [Norm. riotti; It. riotta; Fr. riote, a brawl or tumult. The W. broth, brwth, commotion, may be from the same root, with a prefix, which would connect this word with brydian, brydiaw, to heat, to boil. The Spanish has alboroto, and Port. alvoroto, in a like sense. In Danish, rutter is to drink hard, to riot. The primary sense is probably noise or agitation.]

  1. In a general sense, tumult; uproar; hence technically, in law, a riotous assembling of twelve persons or more, and not dispersing upon proclamation. – Blackstone. The definition of riot, must depend on the laws. In Connecticut, the assembling of three persons or more, to do an unlawful act by violence against the person or property of another, and not dispersing upon proclamation, is declared to be a riot. In Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the number necessary to constitute a riot is twelve.
  2. Uproar; wild and noisy festivity. – Milton.
  3. Excessive and expensive feasting. – 2 Pet. ii.
  4. Luxury. The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day. – Pope. To run riot, to act or move without control or restraint. – Swift.

RI'OT, v.i. [Fr. rioter; It. riottare.]

  1. To revel; to run to excess in feasting, drinking or other sensual indulgences.
  2. To luxuriate; to be highly excited. No pulse that riots, and no blood that glows. – Pope.
  3. To banquet; to live in luxury; to enjoy. How base is the ingratitude which forgets the benefactor, while it is rioting on the benefit! – Dwight.
  4. To raise an uproar or sedition. – Johnson.

RI'OT-ER, n.

  1. One who indulges in loose festivity or excessive feasting.
  2. In law, one guilty of meeting with others to do an unlawful act, and declining to retire upon proclamation.


A reveling.

RI'OT-ING, ppr.

Reveling; indulging in excessive feasting.


Dissoluteness; luxury. [Not in use.] – Spenser.

RI'OT-OUS, a. [L. riottoso.]

  1. Luxurious; wanton or licentious in festive indulgences; as, riotous eaters of flesh. – Prov. xxiii.
  2. Consisting of riot; tumultuous; partaking of the nature of an unlawful assembly; seditious.
  3. Guilty of riot; applied to persons.

RI'OT-OUS-LY, adv.

  1. With excessive or licentious luxury. – Ecclus.
  2. In the manner of an unlawful assembly; tumultuously; seditiously.


The state or quality of being riotous.

RI'OT-RY, n.

Riot; practice of rioting. – Taylor.

RIP, n.

  1. A tearing; a place torn; laceration. – Addison.
  2. A wicker basket to carry fish in. – Cowel.
  3. Refuse. [Not in use or local.]

RIP, v.t. [Sax. rypan, ryppan, hrypan; Sw. rifva; Dan. river. This belongs to the great family of Sax. reafian, L. rapio, Ir. reabam, Eng. reap and rive; allied perhaps to the L. crepo, Fr. crever.]

  1. To separate by cutting or tearing; to tear or cut open or off; to tear off or out by violence; as, to rip open a garment by cutting the stitches; to rip off the skin of a beast; to rip open a sack; to rip off the shingles or clapboards of a house; to rip up a floor. We never use lacerate in these senses, but apply it to a partial tearing of the skin and flesh.
  2. To take out or away by cutting or tearing away. – Otway. He'll rip the fatal secret from her heart. – Granville.
  3. To tear up for search or disclosure or for alteration; to search to the bottom; with up. You rip up the original of Scotland. Spenser. They ripped up all that had been done from the beginning of the rebellion. – Clarendon.
  4. To rip out, as an oath. [This seems to be the D. roepen, Sax. hreopan, to cry out; allied to L. crepo, Fr. crever.]