motorcycle


mo·tor·cy·cle

noun \ˈmō-tər-ˌsī-kəl\

: a vehicle with two wheels that is powered by a motor and that can carry one or two people

Full Definition of MOTORCYCLE

:  an automotive vehicle with two in-line wheels
motorcycle intransitive verb
mo·tor·cy·clist \-k(ə-)list\ noun

Origin of MOTORCYCLE

motor bicycle
First Known Use: 1894

motorcycle

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bicycle or tricycle propelled by an internal combustion engine. The first motor tricycle was built in 1884 in England, and the first gasoline-engine motorcycle was built by Gottlieb Daimler in 1885. Motorcycles were widely used after 1910, especially by the armed forces in World War I. After 1950 a larger, heavier motorcycle was used mainly for touring and sport competitions. The moped, a light, low-speed motor bicycle that can also be pedaled, was developed mainly in Europe, and the sturdier Italian-made motor scooter also became popular for its economy.

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