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bicycle

noun bi·cy·cle \ ˈbī-si-kəl , -ˌsi- also -ˌsī- \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

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 in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of bicycle

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

bicycle Synonyms

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bicycle

verb

Definition of bicycle

bicycled; bicycling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\
: to ride a bicycle
: 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

bicycler

play \-klər\ noun

bicyclist

play \-klist\ noun

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First Known Use of bicycle

1869

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BICYCLE Defined for English Language Learners

bicycle

Definition of bicycle for English Language Learners

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


bicycle

Definition of bicycle for English Language Learners

  • : to ride a bicycle


BICYCLE Defined for Kids

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bicycle

noun bi·cy·cle \ ˈbī-ˌsi-kəl \

Definition of bicycle for Students

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

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bicycle

verb

Definition of bicycle for Students

bicycled; bicycling \ˈbī-ˌsi-kə-liŋ, -ˌsi-kliŋ\
: to ride a bicycle He bicycles to school every day.


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