4 letter word starting with ri

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ries plural of Lachrymatory
rial noun A Spanish coin. See Real., Royal., A gold coin formerly current in England, of the value of ten shillings sterling in the reign of Henry VI., and of fifteen shillings in the reign of Elizabeth.
rice noun A well-known cereal grass (Oryza sativa) and its seed. This plant is extensively cultivated in warm climates, and the grain forms a large portion of the food of the inhabitants. In America it grows chiefly on low, moist land, which can be overflowed.
rich superl. Having an abundance of material possessions; possessed of a large amount of property; well supplied with land, goods, or money; wealthy; opulent; affluent; — opposed to poor., Hence, in general, well supplied; abounding; abundant; copious; bountiful; as, a rich treasury; a rich entertainment; a rich crop., Yielding large returns; productive or fertile; fruitful; as, rich soil or land; a rich mine., Composed of valuable or costly materials or ingredients; procured at great outlay; highly valued; precious; sumptuous; costly; as, a rich dress; rich silk or fur; rich presents., Abounding in agreeable or nutritive qualities; — especially applied to articles of food or drink which are high-seasoned or abound in oleaginous ingredients, or are sweet, luscious, and high-flavored; as, a rich dish; rich cream or soup; rich pastry; rich wine or fruit., Not faint or delicate; vivid; as, a rich color., Full of sweet and harmonius sounds; as, a rich voice; rich music., Abounding in beauty; gorgeous; as, a rich landscape; rich scenery., Abounding in humor; exciting amusement; entertaining; as, the scene was a rich one; a rich incident or character., To enrich.
rick noun A stack or pile, as of grain, straw, or hay, in the open air, usually protected from wet with thatching., To heap up in ricks, as hay, etc.
ride verb i. To be carried on the back of an animal, as a horse., To be borne in a carriage; as, to ride in a coach, in a car, and the like. See Synonym, below., To be borne or in a fluid; to float; to lie., To be supported in motion; to rest., To manage a horse, as an equestrian., To support a rider, as a horse; to move under the saddle; as, a horse rides easy or hard, slow or fast., To sit on, so as to be carried; as, to ride a horse; to ride a bicycle., To manage insolently at will; to domineer over., To convey, as by riding; to make or do by riding., To overlap (each other); — said of bones or fractured fragments., The act of riding; an excursion on horseback or in a vehicle., A saddle horse., A road or avenue cut in a wood, or through grounds, to be used as a place for riding; a riding.
rief noun Robbery.
rife adjective Prevailing; prevalent; abounding., Having power; active; nimble.
rift p. p. of Rive., An opening made by riving or splitting; a cleft; a fissure., A shallow place in a stream; a ford., To cleave; to rive; to split; as, to rift an oak or a rock; to rift the clouds., To burst open; to split., To belch.
rile verb t. To render turbid or muddy; to stir up; to roil., To stir up in feelings; to make angry; to vex.
rill noun A very small brook; a streamlet., See Rille., To run a small stream.
rily adjective Roily.
rima noun A narrow and elongated aperture; a cleft; a fissure.
rime noun A rent or long aperture; a chink; a fissure; a crack., White frost; hoarfrost; congealed dew or vapor., To freeze or congeal into hoarfrost., A step or round of a ladder; a rung., Rhyme. See Rhyme., To rhyme. See Rhyme.
rimy adjective Abounding with rime; frosty.
rind noun The external covering or coat, as of flesh, fruit, trees, etc.; skin; hide; bark; peel; shell., To remove the rind of; to bark.
rine noun See Rind.
ring verb t. To cause to sound, especially by striking, as a metallic body; as, to ring a bell., To make (a sound), as by ringing a bell; to sound., To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly., To sound, as a bell or other sonorous body, particularly a metallic one., To practice making music with bells., To sound loud; to resound; to be filled with a ringing or reverberating sound., To continue to sound or vibrate; to resound., To be filled with report or talk; as, the whole town rings with his fame., A sound; especially, the sound of vibrating metals; as, the ring of a bell., Any loud sound; the sound of numerous voices; a sound continued, repeated, or reverberated., A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned., A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line or hoop., Specifically, a circular ornament of gold or other precious material worn on the finger, or attached to the ear, the nose, or some other part of the person; as, a wedding ring., A circular area in which races are or run or other sports are performed; an arena., An inclosed space in which pugilists fight; hence, figuratively, prize fighting., A circular group of persons., The plane figure included between the circumferences of two concentric circles., The solid generated by the revolution of a circle, or other figure, about an exterior straight line (as an axis) lying in the same plane as the circle or other figure., An instrument, formerly used for taking the sun’s altitude, consisting of a brass ring suspended by a swivel, with a hole at one side through which a solar ray entering indicated the altitude on the graduated inner surface opposite., An elastic band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns. See Illust. of Sporangium., A clique; an exclusive combination of persons for a selfish purpose, as to control the market, distribute offices, obtain contracts, etc., To surround with a ring, or as with a ring; to encircle., To make a ring around by cutting away the bark; to girdle; as, to ring branches or roots., To fit with a ring or with rings, as the fingers, or a swine’s snout., To rise in the air spirally.
rink noun The smooth and level extent of ice marked off for the game of curling., An artificial sheet of ice, generally under cover, used for skating; also, a floor prepared for skating on with roller skates, or a building with such a floor.
riot noun Wanton or unrestrained behavior; uproar; tumult., Excessive and exxpensive feasting; wild and loose festivity; revelry., The tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by an unlawful assembly of three or more persons in the execution of some private object., To engage in riot; to act in an unrestrained or wanton manner; to indulge in excess of luxury, feasting, or the like; to revel; to run riot; to go to excess., To disturb the peace; to raise an uproar or sedition. See Riot, n., 3., To spend or pass in riot.
ripe noun The bank of a river., Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature; — said of fruits, seeds, etc.; as, ripe grain., Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow; as, ripe cheese; ripe wine., Having attained its full development; mature; perfected; consummate., Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; — said of sores, tumors, etc., Ready for action or effect; prepared., Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness., Intoxicated., To ripen; to grow ripe., To mature; to ripen.
rise verb To move from a lower position to a higher; to ascend; to mount up. Specifically: — (a) To go upward by walking, climbing, flying, or any other voluntary motion; as, a bird rises in the air; a fish rises to the bait., To ascend or float in a fluid, as gases or vapors in air, cork in water, and the like., To move upward under the influence of a projecting force; as, a bullet rises in the air., To grow upward; to attain a certain height; as, this elm rises to the height of seventy feet., To reach a higher level by increase of quantity or bulk; to swell; as, a river rises in its bed; the mercury rises in the thermometer., To become erect; to assume an upright position; as, to rise from a chair or from a fall., To leave one’s bed; to arise; as, to rise early., To tower up; to be heaved up; as, the Alps rise far above the sea., To slope upward; as, a path, a line, or surface rises in this direction., To retire; to give up a siege., To swell or puff up in the process of fermentation; to become light, as dough, and the like., To have the aspect or the effect of rising., To appear above the horizont, as the sun, moon, stars, and the like., To become apparent; to emerge into sight; to come forth; to appear; as, an eruption rises on the skin; the land rises to view to one sailing toward the shore., To become perceptible to other senses than sight; as, a noise rose on the air; odor rises from the flower., To have a beginning; to proceed; to originate; as, rivers rise in lakes or springs., To increase in size, force, or value; to proceed toward a climax., To increase in power or fury; — said of wind or a storm, and hence, of passion., To become of higher value; to increase in price., To become larger; to swell; — said of a boil, tumor, and the like., To increase in intensity; — said of heat., To become louder, or higher in pitch, as the voice., To increase in amount; to enlarge; as, his expenses rose beyond his expectations., In various figurative senses., To become excited, opposed, or hostile; to go to war; to take up arms; to rebel., To attain to a better social position; to be promoted; to excel; to succeed., To become more and more dignified or forcible; to increase in interest or power; — said of style, thought, or discourse; as, to rise in force of expression; to rise in eloquence; a story rises in interest., To come to mind; to be suggested; to occur., To come; to offer itself., To ascend from the grave; to come to life., To terminate an official sitting; to adjourn; as, the committee rose after agreeing to the report., To ascend on a musical scale; to take a higher pith; as, to rise a tone or semitone., To be lifted, or to admit of being lifted, from the imposing stone without dropping any of the type; — said of a form., The act of rising, or the state of being risen., The distance through which anything rises; as, the rise of the thermometer was ten degrees; the rise of the river was six feet; the rise of an arch or of a step., Land which is somewhat higher than the rest; as, the house stood on a rise of land., Spring; source; origin; as, the rise of a stream., Appearance above the horizon; as, the rise of the sun or of a planet., Increase; advance; augmentation, as of price, value, rank, property, fame, and the like., Increase of sound; a swelling of the voice., Elevation or ascent of the voice; upward change of key; as, a rise of a tone or semitone., The spring of a fish to seize food (as a fly) near the surface of the water.
rish noun A rush (the plant).
risk noun Hazard; danger; peril; exposure to loss, injury, or destruction., Hazard of loss; liabillity to loss in property., To expose to risk, hazard, or peril; to venture; 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 incur the risk or danger of; as, to risk a battle.
rist 3d pers. sing. pres. of Rise, contracted from riseth.
rite noun The act of performing divine or solemn service, as established by law, precept, or custom; a formal act of religion or other solemn duty; a solemn observance; a ceremony; as, the rites of freemasonry.
rive verb t. To rend asunder by force; to split; to cleave; as, to rive timber for rails or shingles., To be split or rent asunder., A place torn; a rent; a rift.