• WordNet 3.6
    • v rid relieve from "Rid the house of pests"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted peoplewithout killing them used to burn their houses down - hence theexpression "toget fired."
    • Rid imp. & p. p. of Ride v. i. "He rid to the end of the village, where he alighted."
    • Rid To drive away; to remove by effort or violence; to make away with; to destroy. "I will red evil beasts out of the land.""Death's men, you have rid this sweet young prince!"
    • Rid To free; to clear; to disencumber; -- followed by of. "Rid all the sea of pirates.""In never ridded myself of an overmastering and brooding sense of some great calamity traveling toward me."
    • Rid To get over; to dispose of; to dispatch; to finish. "Willingness rids way.""Mirth will make us rid ground faster than if thieves were at our tails."
    • Rid To save; to rescue; to deliver; -- with out of. "Deliver the poor and needy; rid them out of the hand of the wicked."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Eating parsley after eating an onion can help in getting rid of onion breath
    • rid To take away; remove, as from a position of trouble or danger; deliver.
    • rid To separate or free from anything superfluous or objectionable; disencumber; clear.
    • rid To send or drive away; expel; banish.
    • rid To clear away; disencumber or clear one's self of; get rid of.
    • rid Specifically— To part from; dispose of; spend.
    • rid To get through or over; accomplish; achieve; despatch.
    • rid To put out of the way; destroy; kill.
    • rid To part; put asunder; separate.
    • rid Free; clear; quit; relieved: followed by of.
    • rid An obsolete or dialectal preterit of ride.
    • rid A dialectal variant of red.
    • n rid A variant of red.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Rid rid to free: to deliver: to remove by violence: to clear: to disencumber: to expel: to separate: to despatch:
    • pr.p Rid rid′ding; pa.t. and pa.p. rid
    • v.t Rid rid (obs.) to banish, to kill
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  • Demosthenes
    “The readiest and surest way to get rid of censure, is to correct ourselves.”
  • Coltvos
    “The one who overcomes egotism rids themselves of the most stubborn obstacle that blocks the way to all true greatness and all true happiness.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “I fear we are not getting rid of God because we still believe in grammar.”
  • Jeremy P. Johnson
    Jeremy P. Johnson
    “To rid ourselves of our shadows -- who we are -- we must step into either total light or total darkness. Goodness and evil.”
  • Buckminster Fuller
    “Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ridden, redden, AS. hreddan, to deliver, liberate; akin to D. & LG. redden, G. retten, Dan. redde, Sw. rädda, and perhaps to Skr. rath, to loosen
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hreddan, to snatch away; Ger. retten.


In literature:

If King Erik now fancied he was rid of the turbulent Icelander he was mistaken.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
And besides, to tell the truth, Stan did not exactly know how he was to get rid of the dragon.
"Roumanian Fairy Tales" by Various
Maybe that would get rid of Dunnan for him.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
One day three men rid up and talk to de old man awhile in English talk.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
Indeed he could not rid himself of the idea that there was a very inquisitive look in Madame Zabriska's large eyes.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
Indeed," added he, "he had a mind, he said, to put us all out and be rid of so ill a company.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
Try all I would, I could not get rid of them.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
I'm glad to have got rid of it before Armstrong comes back.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
He can not rid himself of its fascination until he tastes its emptiness.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Dar was two other darkies what rid wid us.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration

In poetry:

Self in myself I hate,
That's matter of my groan;
Nor can I rid me from the mate
That causes me to moan.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
Old and alone, sit we,
Caged, riddle-rid men;
Lost to earth's 'Listen!' and 'See!'
Thought's 'Wherefore?' and 'When?'
"The Old Men" by Walter de la Mare
"While he's gone I'll seek to rid me
Of the beauty which I dread,
I will give a precious dower
To him who shall woo and wed."
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
And thus the men, whose fathers fought
Of tyranny this land to rid,
They crushed to earth, without a thought
Of the great deeds their fathers did.
"The Black Man's Wrongs" by James Madison Bell
"Be calm," she cried, "the right is never lost,
Though spear, and shield, and cross may shattered be,
Out of their dust shall spring avenging blades
That yet shall rid us of some giant wrong.
"Gloria The True" by Marietta Holley
If you show patience, I'll rid you of this virtue.
If you fall asleep, I'll rub the sleep from your eyes.
If you become a mountain, I'll melt you in fire.
And if you become an ocean, I'll drink all your water.
"If You Show Patience" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

In news:

For teens with acne, 20-somethings wanting to get rid of unwanted body hair, or older folks itching to look young again, Dr Marguerite Germain will help you out.
Now is your chance to get rid of old electronics for free.
Carmen Wilkerson ran for mayor of St George with one clear goal in mind for the tiny Missouri town: Get rid of it.
To get rid of completely usually by killing off.
Get rid of the extra-point kick.
The Republican mantra to get rid of regulations just grates my ears.
Ezra Klein's Nov 9 column "Get Rid of the Filibuster " is a call to sanity.
Getting rid of flies without fogging .
That's right, I said is it time to get rid of our City Council and this will also put an end to the need of a City Attorney, and I think it would also include our City Manager's position.
Johnson & Johnson recently announced that by 2015 it will rid all of its personal-care products—for both children and adults—of a series of chemicals, including preservatives that release formaldehyde .
In 2009, the president announced hopes to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
Let me tell you, getting rid of fruit flies is one of the most time-consuming and frustrating pest-control tasks one will ever encounter.
I needed to click down an aperture size or two to get rid of the fencing.
The New York Rangers make a decision to rid themselves of defenseman Wade… (Pasatieri/Getty ).
It always stinks when a school has to get rid of any opportunity it had been providing its students, but when money is tight, there is sometimes little else to do.

In science:

In what follows we will assume that M is an open domain in Rn , this can again be gotten rid of by using partitions of unity and passing to local charts.
Manifold structures for sets of solutions of the general relativistic constraint equations
The matrix Q serves to rid H ′ of any reference to the CP violating phase δ .
A Simple Parameterization of Matter Effects on Neutrino Oscillations
The main use of Z -stability in was to get rid of a condition on the tracial state space still present in .
Simple C*-algebras with locally finite decomposition rank
Assume for now that the origin always lies in the interior of the polytope P ; we will get rid of this minor assumption later.
Beyond Hirsch Conjecture: walks on random polytopes and smoothed complexity of the simplex method
Furthermore, one can get rid of the polytope P by analyzing the event facetP (q) = I .
Beyond Hirsch Conjecture: walks on random polytopes and smoothed complexity of the simplex method