riot: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (rī'ut), [key]
- a noisy, violent public disorder caused by a group or crowd of persons, as by a crowd protesting against another group, a government policy, etc., in the streets.
- a disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons acting together in a disrupting and tumultuous manner in carrying out their private purposes.
- violent or wild disorder or confusion.
- a brilliant display: a riot of color.
- something or someone hilariously funny: You were a riot at the party.
- unrestrained revelry.
- an unbridled outbreak, as of emotions, passions, etc.
- loose, wanton living; profligacy.
- The neighbors let their children run riot.
- to act without control or restraint:The neighbors let their children run riot.
- to grow luxuriantly or abundantly:Crab grass is running riot in our lawn.
- to take part in a riot or disorderly public outbreak.
- to live in a loose or wanton manner; indulge in unrestrained revelry: Many of the Roman emperors rioted notoriously.
- (of a hound or pack) to pursue an animal other than the intended quarry.
- to indulge unrestrainedly; run riot.
- to spend (money, time, etc.) in riotous living (usually fol. by away or out).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.