riot: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (rī'ut), [key]
— n.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. violent or wild disorder or confusion.
  4. a brilliant display: a riot of color.
  5. something or someone hilariously funny: You were a riot at the party.
  6. unrestrained revelry.
  7. an unbridled outbreak, as of emotions, passions, etc.
  8. loose, wanton living; profligacy.
  9. The neighbors let their children run riot.
    1. to act without control or restraint:The neighbors let their children run riot.
    2. to grow luxuriantly or abundantly:Crab grass is running riot in our lawn.
  1. to take part in a riot or disorderly public outbreak.
  2. to live in a loose or wanton manner; indulge in unrestrained revelry: Many of the Roman emperors rioted notoriously.
  3. (of a hound or pack) to pursue an animal other than the intended quarry.
  4. to indulge unrestrainedly; run riot.
  1. 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.
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