Riders are people who are in motion — riding bicycles, subways, horses, roller coasters and much more. Another kind of rider is a special list that attaches to, or "rides along" with, a contract.

The noun rider means "one who rides," but its other meaning is "a document that is added to legal or official documents." On Capitol Hill, lawmakers add riders to legislation documents to try to get certain stipulations to be part of new laws. You may have heard of touring musicians who demand that certain rare flowers be placed in their hotel rooms, which must have Italian linen sheets on the bed, and be exactly 71 degrees. It's all in the rider of the tour contract.

Definitions of rider
  1. noun
    a traveler who actively rides an animal (as a horse or camel)
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    hang glider
    a rider of a hang glider
    equestrian, horseback rider, horseman
    a person skilled in riding horses
    pedaler, pedaller
    a person who rides a pedal-driven vehicle (as a bicycle)
    the horseman who pricks the bull with a lance early in the bullfight to goad the bull and to make it keep its head low
    bronco buster, broncobuster, buster
    a person who breaks horses
    bicycler, bicyclist, biker, cyclist, wheeler
    a person who rides a bicycle
    fox hunter
    a mounted hunter who follows the hounds in pursuit of a fox
    a woman horseman
    someone employed to ride horses in horse races
    postilion, postillion
    someone who rides the near horse of a pair in order to guide the horses pulling a carriage (especially a carriage without a coachman)
    a horseman skilled at breaking wild horses to the saddle
    a person who rides a unicycle
    type of:
    traveler, traveller
    a person who changes location
  2. noun
    a traveler who actively rides a vehicle (as a bicycle or motorcycle)
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    traveler, traveller
    a person who changes location
  3. noun
    a traveler riding in a vehicle (a boat or bus or car or plane or train etc) who is not operating it
    synonyms: passenger
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    someone who travels regularly from home in a suburb to work in a city
    a paying (taxi) passenger
    a person who travels by getting free rides from passing vehicles
    a person who hides aboard a ship or plane in the hope of getting free passage
    a standing subway or bus passenger who grips a hanging strap for support
    a commuter who uses public transportation
    type of:
    traveler, traveller
    a person who changes location
  4. noun
    a clause that is appended to a legislative bill
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    type of:
    article, clause
    a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will)
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