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noun bi·cy·cle \ˈbī-si-kəl, -ˌsi- also -ˌsī-\

: a 2-wheeled vehicle that a person rides by pushing on foot pedals

Full Definition of BICYCLE

:  a vehicle with two wheels tandem, handlebars for steering, a saddle seat, and pedals by which it is propelled; also :  a stationary exercise machine that resembles such a vehicle

Examples of BICYCLE

  1. <the range of the boy's explorations vastly expanded when he acquired his first bicycle>

Origin of BICYCLE

French, from bi- + -cycle (as in tricycle)
First Known Use: 1863

Related to BICYCLE

Other Vehicles Terms

brougham, hansom, litter, shay, skid, sledge, sulky, wain



: to ride a bicycle

bi·cy·cledbi·cy·cling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of BICYCLE

intransitive verb
:  to ride a bicycle
bi·cy·cler \-klər\ noun
bi·cy·clist \-klist\ noun

First Known Use of BICYCLE


Rhymes with BICYCLE

BICYCLED Defined for Kids


noun bi·cy·cle \ˈbī-ˌsi-kəl\

Definition of BICYCLE for Kids

:  a light vehicle having two wheels one behind the other, handlebars, a seat, and pedals by which it is made to move


bi·cy·cledbi·cy·cling \ˈbī-ˌsi-kə-liŋ, -ˌsi-kliŋ\

Definition of BICYCLE for Kids

:  to ride a bicycle <He bicycles to school every day.>


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