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▪ On ozone depletion, which harms everyone, the Montreal agreement accepted that trade sanctions could be used against free riders.
▪ Many indeed will choose to remain free riders, benefiting from services and entitlements to which they contribute little, if anything.
▪ However there is a free rider problem.
▪ However, sports clubs are also social organisations and social pressure can be an important deterrent to free-rider behaviour.
▪ In New York, though, these global free-riders have an easier time than in London.
▪ With many A's and B's, the free rider problem arises.
▪ As with acid rain and ozone depletion, international co-ordination of government policy is required to tackle the free rider problem.
Free wireless LANs will sooner or later encounter free-rider problems.
▪ Don't pretend to be a better rider than you are; you will inevitably be caught out.
▪ The bike has got a much tighter feel to it now-it wants to turn and responds better to rider input.
▪ A good rider, like a good ballet dancer, needs to be the right shape.
▪ Because you're not that good a rider.
▪ The wide and undulating fields here provided good scope for riders of all levels.
▪ Here is one of the best riders in the province and he only has one ride at our final road race meeting.
▪ The other rider rode up and stopped.
▪ Two other police riders escaped serious injury.
▪ After a while the other riders don't even bother to come and look for you.
▪ It may take two kilometres to overtake one other rider.
▪ With lesser riders far down the slopes, the brutality of the attacks on other riders becomes more apparent.
▪ People treat you differently, though I was glad to see the other riders reacted well.
▪ Then he said something, his tone amused, and the other riders laughed.
▪ I, like many other riders, am eagerly awaiting the clocks going forward.
▪ The race is on ... for forty top riders ... or at least thirty nine of them.
▪ Many top speedway riders will be pitting their skills in the National motor cycle grass track meeting.
▪ Zoe Nesbitt was a top class rider who dreamed of becoming an equestrian star.
▪ It would be lovely if we could produce another top local rider and these three boys could fit the bill.
▪ However, hand on heart, even if you are a top dressage rider, can you really justify the fancy dress?
▪ They're certainly worried about finances and the future of top rider, Hans Nielsen.
▪ The first big meeting is next month; most of Britain's top riders have already entered.
▪ The top eight riders after 16 heats will go into the semi-finals.
▪ Police believe the trap could have had far more horrific consequences, especially for younger riders.
▪ Continued from page 6 Olympia is also the high point for twenty of our leading young riders.
▪ But she's being encouraged in her fightback by a young rider who's recovering from a similar fall.
▪ They barge around upsetting other, nervous horses and young riders.
▪ There's no way it can be the bike riders.
▪ Beginning next month, more Crissy Field buildings will be taken apart, opening more Bay vistas to hikers and bike riders.
▪ Could it have been the demon bike rider?
▪ Placid river views are plentiful along the rest of the project for walkers or bike riders as well.
▪ The boys were a pretty fast bunch of bike riders.
▪ Cyclists and horse riders are keen to progress with the scheme but there has been some opposition from one particular village.
▪ So have horse riders and the California Legislature, which is on the riders' side.
▪ Although writing on behalf of cycling interests, these do coincide to an extent with the interests of walkers and horse riders.
▪ He plans to enter the arena as a cutting horse rider.
▪ These included dualling the road, creating a network of underpasses for horse riders, and safety provisions.
▪ The railway now gone, the trail is open to walkers as well as horse riders and cyclists.
▪ She also sang with Lothian Gaelic Choir and coached disabled horse riders.
▪ During the Hayes administration, southerners had failed in their attempt to accomplish repeal by adding riders to appropriation bills.
▪ The donkey threw its rider to the ground in a dozen different, hilarious ways.
▪ He would not try the flight, and he threw his rider.
▪ Ahead, her father's horse had pecked slightly on landing, throwing his rider up his neck.
▪ The rider states that paragraph 27 applies only to foreign imports.
▪ The rider wasn't badly hurt, but his bicycle was all smashed- up.
▪ The leading rider in this year's motorcycle championship is Wayne Rainey.
▪ During their seven-day marathon, the riders will call at nature reserves, country parks and sites where wildlife is under threat.
▪ Hours later, the horse came back without a rider, its flanks bloodied.
▪ Many indeed will choose to remain free riders, benefiting from services and entitlements to which they contribute little, if anything.
▪ One by one, other horses and riders followed.
▪ Ralph Castaneda, a West exercise rider and friend of the owners, recommended his boss.
▪ What might have happened if the rider and horse hadn't arrived, mercifully she never discovered.
▪ While a bill modeled on these lines stands a good chance of passage, partisan riders could kill it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rider \Rid"er\ (r[imac]d"[~e]r), n.

  1. One who, or that which, rides.

  2. Formerly, an agent who went out with samples of goods to obtain orders; a commercial traveler. [Eng.]

  3. One who breaks or manages a horse.

  4. An addition or amendment to a manuscript or other document, which is attached on a separate piece of paper; in legislative practice, an additional clause annexed to a bill while in course of passage; something extra or burdensome that is imposed.

    After the third reading, a foolish man stood up to propose a rider.

    This [question] was a rider which Mab found difficult to answer.
    --A. S. Hardy.

  5. (Math.) A problem of more than usual difficulty added to another on an examination paper.

  6. [D. rijder.] A Dutch gold coin having the figure of a man on horseback stamped upon it.

    His moldy money ! half a dozen riders.
    --J. Fletcher.

  7. (Mining) Rock material in a vein of ore, dividing it.

  8. (Shipbuilding) An interior rib occasionally fixed in a ship's hold, reaching from the keelson to the beams of the lower deck, to strengthen her frame.

  9. (Naut.) The second tier of casks in a vessel's hold.

  10. A small forked weight which straddles the beam of a balance, along which it can be moved in the manner of the weight on a steelyard.

  11. A robber. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

    Rider's bone (Med.), a bony deposit in the muscles of the upper and inner part of the thigh, due to the pressure and irritation caused by the saddle in riding.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"one who rides," Old English ridere "rider, trooper, knight, mounted warrior," agent noun from ride (v.). Meaning "clause tacked on to a document after first draft" is from 1660s. Related: Riderless.


n. 1 one who rides, often a horse or motorcycle 2 (context politics English) a provision annexed to a bill under the consideration of a legislature, having little connection with the subject matter of the bill 3 (context by extension English) Something extra or burdensome that is imposed. 4 an amendment or addition to an entertainer's performance contract, often covering a performer's equipment or food, drinks, and general comfort requirements 5 A small, sliding piece of aluminium on a chemical balance, used to determine small weights 6 (context UK archaic English) An agent who went out with samples of goods to obtain orders; a commercial traveller. 7 (context obsolete English) One who breaks in or manages a horse. 8 (context math English) A problem of extra difficulty added to another on an examination paper. 9 An old Dutch gold coin with the figure of a man on horseback stamped upon it. 10 (context mining English) Rock material in a vein of ore, dividing it. 11 (context shipbuilding English) An interior rib occasionally fixed in a ship's hold, reaching from the keelson to the beams of the lower deck, to strengthen the frame. 12 (context nautical English) The second tier of casks in a vessel's hold. 13 A small forked weight which straddles the beam of a balance, along which it can be moved in the manner of the weight on a steelyard. 14 (context obsolete UK dialect English) A robber.

  1. n. a traveler who actively rides an animal (as a horse or camel)

  2. a clause that is appended to a legislative bill

  3. a traveler who actively rides a vehicle (as a bicycle or motorcycle)

  4. a traveler riding in a vehicle (a boat or bus or car or plane or train etc) who is not operating it [syn: passenger]

Rider (legislation)

In legislative procedure, a rider is an additional provision added to a bill or other measure under the consideration by a legislature, having little connection with the subject matter of the bill. Riders are usually created as a tactic to pass a controversial provision that would not pass as its own bill. Occasionally, a controversial provision is attached to a bill not to be passed itself but to prevent the bill from being passed (in which case it is called a wrecking amendment or poison pill).


Rider may refer to:

Rider (theater)

In theater (and musical performance), a rider is a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. Types of riders include hospitality and technical.

Rider (imprint)

Rider is a publishing imprint of Ebury Publishing, a Penguin Random House division. The list was started by William Rider & Son in Britain in 1908 when he took over the occult publisher Phillip Wellby. The editorial director of the new list was Ralph Shirley and under his direction, they began to publish titles as varied as the Rider-Waite tarot deck and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Today the Rider motto is "New Ideas for New Ways of Living" and books and authors on the list reflects this. There are still books on the paranormal, with authors like Raymond Moody and Colin Fry; on astral projection with authors Sylvan Muldoon and Hereward Carrington; and spirituality, with books by the Dalai Lama and Jack Kornfield; but there are also books on current and international affairs by authors as diverse as Nobel Prize-winners Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Shirin Ebadi.

Rider (heraldry)

Rider or horseman is an important symbol in heraldry especially in Eastern Europe. It firstly appeared in the 13th century on the old Russian stamps, coins and seals as a symbolic representation of the ruling knyaz. Since the second half of the 15th century the rider striking a dragon with spear became the coat of arms of Russia especially Moscow along with the double-headed eagle. In the 16th century the shield with the rider were placed on the eagle's chest.

Another type of a rider were Lithunian Pahonia/Vytis which appeared nearly at the same time as the Russian one. But main differences are the absence of a dragon, a sword instead of a spear and the direction of the rider (to the right).

Мстислава Мстиславовича.jpg|A 13th-century old Russian cachet (stamp) with a rider of Arms of Moscow.svg|Coat of arms of Moscow COA Lithuania.Codex Bergshammar.png|Coat of arms of Lithuania from a 15th-century book of arms of Russia in 1577

Usage examples of "rider".

Handing it over, she absently flicked a glance at the cowboy then let it stay when she recognized the sandy-haired rider she had noticed earlier with Jessy.

Which she could do: better to convoy with riders you knew than ones the truckers picked, and Aby was an experienced senior guide whose recommendation counted.

God, sex, money, acquiring a ranch and, above all, how to handle women were explained to him by the night riders.

The crusty Sperren jabbered aimlessly about supposed civilians who disguised themselves as Green Riders and foolishly risked their lives to deliver unimportant messages to the king.

I immediately take off with the squadron and close to the airfield I see horses, their dismounted riders beside them, all Ivans.

Two riders ventured down the track, passing within ten yards of where Rolan and Alec stood holding their breath.

Looking shoreward, Alec could make out wagons and riders moving along a coastal highroad.

The wind sang deliciously through their feathers as Seregil and Alec spiraled down to meet the riders.

He was working gypsy construction jobs by day and playing at night with the Corvairs, never anyplace near the surf but inland, for this sun-beat farm country had always welcomed them, beer riders of the valleys having found strange affinities with surfers and their music.

Two horses, a pair of riders, surrounded by the gang of aqueduct workers who had abandoned their evening meal to listen to what was happening.

She saw the horse and rider emerge from under the trees: Tiarna Mac Ard, astride Conhal.

Italian: their exquisite manners, art, food, and articulacy, not to mention their great rider, Moreno Argentin.

Ali Baba silently counted as they passed, and when he could see nothing more but a dissipating cloud of dust, he had enumerated fully forty horses and forty riders.

Ducking inside, she found the rider, Berelain, sipping tea with Amys and Bair and Sorilea, all stretched out on bright, tasseled cushions.

The beasts, in the uncertainty of so many new riders, lost patience and moved away from nudging knees and elbows, adding to the bawling confusion.