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(Ridge"band`) n. The part of a harness which passes over the saddle, and supports the shafts of a cart; — called also ridgerope, and ridger. Halliwell.

(Ridge"bone`) n. The backbone. [Obs.]

Blood . . . lying cluttered about the ridgebone.

(Ridg"el) n. (Zoöl.) Same as Ridgelling.

(Ridge"let) n. A little ridge.

(Ridge"ling) n. [Prov. E. riggilt, riggot, ananimal half castrated, a sheep having only one testicle; cf. Prov. G. rigel, rig, a barrow hog, rigler a cock half castrated.] (Zoöl.) A half-castrated male animal.

(Ridge"piece` Ridge"plate`) n. See Ridgepole.

(Ridge"pole`) n. (Arch.) The timber forming the ridge of a roof, into which the rafters are secured.

(Ridge"rope`) n. (Naut.) See Life line (a), under Life.

(Ridg"ing*ly) adv. So as to form ridges.

(Ridg"y) a. Having a ridge or ridges; rising in a ridge. "Lifted on a ridgy wave." Pope.

(Rid"i*cle) n. Ridicule. [Obs.] Foxe.

(Rid"i*cule) n. [F. ridicule, L. ridiculum a jest, fr. ridiculus. See Ridiculous.]

1. An object of sport or laughter; a laughingstock; a laughing matter.

[Marlborough] was so miserably ignorant, that his deficiencies made him the ridicule of his contemporaries.

To the people . . . but a trifle, to the king but a ridicule.

2. Remarks concerning a subject or a person designed to excite laughter with a degree of contempt; wit of that species which provokes contemptuous laughter; disparagement by making a person an object of laughter; banter; — a term lighter than derision.

We have in great measure restricted the meaning of ridicule, which would properly extend over whole region of the ridiculous, — the laughable, — and we have narrowed it so that in common usage it mostly corresponds to "derision", which does indeed involve personal and offensive feelings.

Safe from the bar, the pulpit, and the throne,
Yet touched and shamed by ridicule alone.

3. Quality of being ridiculous; ridiculousness. [Obs.]

To see the ridicule of this practice.

Syn. — Derision; banter; raillery; burlesque; mockery; irony; satire; sarcasm; gibe; jeer; sneer. — Ridicule, Derision, Both words imply disapprobation; but ridicule usually signifies good-natured, fun-loving opposition without manifest malice, while derision is commonly bitter and scornful, and sometimes malignant.

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