Dictionary: RIPT – RIV'AGE

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RIPT, pp. [for Ripped.]


A gratuity given to tenants after they had reaped their lord's corn. – Bailey.

RISE, n. [rise.]

  1. The act of rising, either in a literal or figurative sense; ascent; as, the rise of vapor in the air; the rise of mercury in the barometer; the rise of water in a river.
  2. The act of springing or mounting from the ground; as, the rise of the feet in leaping.
  3. Ascent; elevation, or degree of ascent; as, the rise of a hill or mountain.
  4. Spring; source; origin; as, the rise of a stream in a mountain. All sin has its rise in the heart.
  5. Any place elevated above the common level; as, a rise of land.
  6. Appearance above the horizon; as, the rise of the sun or a star.
  7. Increase; advance; as, a rise in the price of wheat.
  8. Advance in rank, honor, property or fame. Observe a man after his rise to office, or a family after its rise from obscurity.
  9. Increase of sound on the same key; a swelling of the voice.
  10. Elevation or ascent of the voice in the diatonic scale; as, a rise of a tone or semitone.
  11. Increase; augmentation.
  12. [D. rys; from the verb.] A bough or branch. [Not in use.] – Chaucer.

RISE, v.i. [rize; pret. rose; pp. risen; pron. roze, rizen. Sax. arisan; D. ryzen; Goth. reisan, in ur-reisan; to rise, and ur-raisyan, to raise. See Raise.]

  1. To move or pass upward in any manner; to ascend; as, a fog rises from a river or from low ground; a fish rises in water; fowls rise in the air; clouds rise from the horizon toward the meridian; a balloon rises above the clouds.
  2. To get up; to leave the place of sleep or rest; as, to rise from bed.
  3. To get up or move from any recumbent to an erect posture; as, to rise after a fall.
  4. To get up from a seat; to leave a sitting posture; as, to rise from a sofa or chair.
  5. To spring; to grow; as a plant; hence, to be high or tall. A tree rises to the highth of sixty feet.
  6. To swell in quantity or extent; to be more elevated; as, a river rises after a rain.
  7. To break forth; to appear; as, a boil rises on the skin.
  8. To appear above the horizon; to shine; as, the sun or a star rises. He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good. – Matth. v.
  9. To begin to exist; to originate; to come into being or notice. Great evils sometimes rise from small imprudences.
  10. To be excited; to begin to move or act; as, the wind rose at 12 o'clock.
  11. To increase in violence. The wind continued to rise till 3 o'clock.
  12. To appear in view; as, to rise up to the reader's view. – Addison.
  13. To appear in sight; also, to appear more elevated; as, in sailing toward a shore, the land rises.
  14. To change a station; to leave a place; as, to rise from a siege. – Knolles.
  15. To spring; to be excited or produced. A thought now rises in my mind.
  16. To gain elevation in rank, fortune or public estimation; to be promoted. Men may rise by industry, by merit, by favor, or by intrigue. Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. – Shak. When the wicked rise, men hide themselves. – Prov. xxviii.
  17. To break forth into public commotions; to make open opposition to government; or to assemble and oppose government; or to assemble arms for attacking another nation. The Greeks have risen against their oppressors. No more shall nation against nation rise. – Pope.
  18. To be excited or roused into action. Rise up to the battle. Jer. xlix.
  19. To make a hostile attack; as when a man riseth against his neighbor. – Deut. xxii. Also, to rebel. – 2 Sam. xviii.
  20. To increase; to swell; to grow more or greater. A voice, feeble at first, rises to thunder. The price of goods rises. The heat rises to intensity.
  21. To be improved; to recover from depression; as, a family may rise after misfortune to opulence and splendor.
  22. To elevate the style or manner; as, to rise to force of expression; to rise in eloquence.
  23. To be revived from death. The dead in Christ shall rise first. – 1 Thess. iv.
  24. To come by chance. – Spenser.
  25. To ascend; to be elevated above the level or surface; as, the ground rises gradually one hundred yards. The Andes rise more than 20,000 feet above the level of the ocean; a mountain in Asia is said to rise still higher.
  26. To proceed from. A scepter shall rise out of Israel. – Num. xxiv.
  27. To have its sources in. Rivers rise in lakes, ponds and springs.
  28. To be moved, roused, excited, kindled or inflamed, as passion. His wrath rose to rage.
  29. To ascend in the diatonic scale; as, to rise a tone or semitone.
  30. To amount. The public debt rises to a hundred millions.
  31. To close a session. We say, Congress will rise on the 4th of March; the legislature or the court will rise on a certain day. This as verb is written also arise, – which see. In general, it is indifferent which orthography is used; but custom has, in some cases, established one to the exclusion of the other. Thus we never say, the price of goods arises, when we mean advances, but we always say, the price rises. We never say, the ground arises to a certain altitude, and rarely, a man arises into an office or station. It is hardly possible to class or define the cases in which usage has established a difference in the orthography of this verb. A knowledge of these cases must be acquired by observation.

RIS'EN, pp. [See RISE.]

RIS-ER, n.

  1. One that rises; as, an early riser.
  2. Among joiners, the upright board of a stair.

RI-SI-BIL'I-TY, or RI'SI-BLE-NESS, n. [from risible.]

  1. The quality of laughing, or of being capable of laughter. Risibility is peculiar to the human species.
  2. Proneness to laugh.

RI'SI-BLE, a. [Fr. risible; L. risibilis, from rideo, risi, to laugh. See Ridiculous.]

  1. Having the faculty or power of laughing. Man is a risible animal.
  2. Laughable; capable of exciting laughter. The description of Falstaff in Shakspeare, exhibits a risible scene. Risible differs from ludicrous, as species from genus; ludicrous expressing that which is playful and sportive; risible, that which may excite laughter. Risible differs from ridiculous, as the latter implies something mean or contemptible, and risible does not.

RI'SI-BLY, adv.

In a risible manner; laughably.


  1. The act of getting up from any recumbent or sitting posture.
  2. The act of ascending; as, the rising of vapor.
  3. The act of closing a session, as of a public body; as, the rising of the legislature.
  4. The appearance of the sun or a star above the horizon.
  5. The act of reviving from the dead; resurrection. – Mark ix.
  6. A tumor on the body. – Lev. xiii.
  7. An assembling in opposition to government; insurrection; sedition or mutiny.

RIS-ING, ppr.

  1. Getting up; ascending; mounting; springing; proceding from; advancing; swelling; increasing; appearing above the horizon; reviving from death, &c.
  2. Increasing in wealth, power or distinction; as, a rising state; a rising character.
  3. Growing, advancing to adult years, and to the state of active life; as, the rising generation.

RISK, n. [Fr. risque; Arm. risql; Sp. riesgo; Port. risco; It. rischio, risk, danger, peril; Fr. risquer, Arm. risqla, Sp. arriesgar, Port. arriscar, to risk. The sense is a pushing forward, a rushing, as in rash. Qu. Dun. dristig, bold, rash; drister, to dare; Sw. drista, to trust, to be bold, hardy or rash. In Portuguese, risco signifies not only hazard, but a stroke, a dash, and with painters, delineation; riscar signifies to dash or strike out with a pen, to erase. The primary sense then is to throw or dash, or to rush, to drive forward. See Peril, Rash and Rush.]

  1. Hazard; danger; peril; exposure to harm. He, at the risk of his life, saved a drowning man.
  2. In commerce, the hazard of loss, either of ship, goods or other property. Hence, risk signifies also the degree of hazard or danger; for the premiums of insurance are calculated upon the risk. The underwriters now take risks at a low premium. To run a risk, is to incur hazard; to encounter danger.

RISK, v.t.

  1. To hazard; to endanger; to expose to injury or loss; as, to risk goods on board of a ship; to risk one's person in battle; to risk one's fame by a publication; to risk life in defense of rights.
  2. To venture; to dare to undertake; as, to risk a battle or combat.

RISK'ED, pp.

Hazarded; exposed to injury or loss.


One who hazards.

RISK'ING, ppr.

Hazarding; exposing to injury or loss.

RISSE, pp. [obsolete pret. of Rise. – B. Jonson.]

RITE, n. [Fr. rit, rite; L. ritus; It. and Sp. rito; Sans. riti, service.]

The manner of performing divine or solemn service as established by law, precept or custom; formal act of religion, or other solemn duty. The rites of the Israelites were numerous and expensive; the rites of modern churches are more simple. Funeral rites are very different in different countries. The sacrament is a holy rite. – Hammond.

RI-TOR-NEL'LO, n. [It. from ritorno, return, or ritornare, to return.]

In music, a repeat; the burden of a song, or the repetition of a verse or strain.

RIT'U-AL, a. [It. rituale.]

  1. Pertaining to rites; consisting of rites; as, ritual service or sacrifices. – Prior.
  2. Prescribing rites; as, the ritual law.

RIT'U-AL, n.

A book containing the rites to be observed, or the manner of performing divine service in a particular church, diocese or the like. – Encyc.


  1. The system of rituals or prescribed forms of religious worship.
  2. Observance of prescribed forms in religion.


One skilled in the ritual. – Gregory.

RIT'U-AL-LY, adv.

By rites; or by a particular rite. Selden.

RIV'AGE, n. [Fr. from rive, bank.]

A bank, shore or coast. [Not in use.] – Spenser.