bicycle

noun
bi·​cy·​cle | \ ˈbī-si-kəl How to pronounce bicycle (audio) , -ˌsi- also -ˌsī- \

Definition of bicycle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

bicycle

verb
bicycled; bicycling\ ˈbī-​si-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce bicycle (audio) , -​ˌsi-​ also  -​ˌsī-​ \

Definition of bicycle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to ride a bicycle

transitive verb

: to move (one's legs) as if pedaling a bicycle Naomi and I lay on the bed, bicycling our legs in the air in the lazy giggly manner of summer …— Sophie Masson

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Other Words from bicycle

Verb

bicycler \ ˈbī-​si-​klər How to pronounce bicycle (audio) , -​ˌsi-​ also  -​ˌsī-​ \ noun
bicyclist \ ˈbī-​si-​klist How to pronounce bicycle (audio) , -​ˌsi-​ also  -​ˌsī-​ \ noun

Synonyms for bicycle

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of bicycle in a Sentence

Noun the range of the boy's explorations vastly expanded when he acquired his first bicycle
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Enzi was riding his bicycle near his home in Gillette, Wyo., when he was injured Friday and flown to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo. Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, 27 July 2021 On July 19, shortly after midnight, 16-year-old Jayden Baldree was riding her bicycle along Northpoint Boulevard when she was struck by a car from behind, according to a Baltimore County police statement. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, 26 July 2021 In a statement released through the Jets on Thursday afternoon, Knapp’s family said he was struck by a car on Saturday while riding his bicycle. ... BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2021 The family said in the statement that Knapp was struck by a car while riding his bicycle and never regained consciousness. Dennis Waszak Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2021 On Saturday afternoon, Knapp was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in San Ramon, California, according to officials. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 22 July 2021 The family said in the statement that Knapp was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in the city of San Ramon in the San Francisco Bay Area and never regained consciousness. Dennis Waszak Jr., Chron, 22 July 2021 Hatch ended up under guardianship after she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 He also has been hit by cars twice while riding his bicycle. Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For a quick getaway, my favorite place to bicycle in Carroll County is the Wakefield Valley Trail and Park. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 25 July 2021 Any child who wants to bicycle in the parade should come to the Jewel parking lot at 75th Street and Cass Avenue, at 8:15 a.m. July 5. Zareen Syed, chicagotribune.com, 28 June 2021 In 1992, Winslow conceived of converting the former Saugus Branch Railroad to a trail residents from dense neighborhoods north of Boston could use to bicycle safely to the ocean. BostonGlobe.com, 25 June 2021 Be prepared to walk or bicycle to your destination instead. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Details and tips: To visit, take the Angel Island/San Francisco ferry to the island and then take a scenic hike, tram ride or bicycle the 1.5-mile journey from the dock to the site, located inside Angel Island State Park. Kaila Yu, CNN, 18 May 2021 Tile, founded in 2012, offers four hardware devices that can be affixed to keychains, stuffed in wallets or stuck to bicycle saddles. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 Tribit Audio manufactures the popular $49 StormBox Micro, a small, rugged Bluetooth speaker with excellent sound quality and a sturdy strap that allows it to be secured to bicycle handlebars and backpacks. Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 Julie Craven used to bicycle nearly four miles across Cambridge to her job as a middle school principal. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of bicycle

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1869, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for bicycle

Noun

French, from bi- + -cycle (as in tricycle)

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Time Traveler for bicycle

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The first known use of bicycle was in 1868

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30 Jul 2021

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“Bicycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bicycle. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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bicycle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bicycle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bicycle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bicycle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to ride a bicycle

bicycle

noun
bi·​cy·​cle | \ ˈbī-ˌsi-kəl How to pronounce bicycle (audio) \

Kids Definition of bicycle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bicycle

verb
bicycled; bicycling\ ˈbī-​ˌsi-​kə-​liŋ , -​ˌsi-​kliŋ \

Kids Definition of bicycle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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