mo·tor·cy·cle | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌsī-kəl \

Definition of motorcycle 

: an automotive vehicle with two in-line wheels

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Other words from motorcycle

motorcycle intransitive verb
motorcyclist \-k(ə-)list \ noun

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When deputies arrived, the driver was found deceased in a treeline near the motorcycle. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Man dies in Antioch Township crash Friday; second motorcycle death in Lake County this week," 13 July 2018 Jasmin’s body struck a guardrail as the motorcycle continued down the highway before finally slowing to a stop 550 feet from the site of the crash, authorities said. Ruth Bruno,, "Danbury Man Dies After Crashing Motorcycle Into I-84 Bridge Guardrail," 12 July 2018 There's barely a second to breathe in between the Halo jumping, the motorcycle crashing, the helicopter ramming, and, in the tedious countdown-clock climax, the frenetic frame-toggling between widescreen 2.39 and IMAX 1.90 aspect ratios. Omar Sanchez, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mission: Impossible — Fallout': What the Critics Are Saying," 12 July 2018 Deputies said Dethlefs hit loose gravel and lost control of the motorcycle. Sarah Brookbank,, "Norwood teen dies of injuries from crash that killed uncle," 12 July 2018 Horman and Sloan collided, and Horman was thrown from the motorcycle, according to police. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Woman charged after colliding with CMPD officer near uptown Charlotte," 6 July 2018 Once the learning course is completed, students can receive their motorcycle license specification from the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc Harley-Davidson continues construction on in-house training course," 13 July 2018 But for soybean growers, or motorcycle manufacturers, or other Republican business owners, the pain is massive. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Paul Ryan Unaware Constitution Lets Congress Override Presidential Veto," 12 July 2018 Ross’ motorcycle hit the back of a Jeep driven by Dominic Robinson, 32, officials said. Michael Williams,, "Man, 19, killed in Volusia motorcycle crash, troopers say," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of motorcycle

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for motorcycle

motor bicycle

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The first known use of motorcycle was in 1894

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English Language Learners Definition of motorcycle

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


mo·tor·cy·cle | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌsī-kəl \

Kids Definition of motorcycle

: a motorized vehicle for one or two passengers that has two wheels

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