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 bicycling (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 bicycler (audio) , -​ˌsi-​ also  -​ˌsī-​ \ noun
bicyclist \ ˈbī-​si-​klist How to pronounce bicyclist (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 He was seen wearing an old-time striped train engineer’s cap and tan overalls while in custody next to an orange beach cruiser bicycle. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Man, 47, arrested in brazen attack on 2 women along SF’s Embarcadero," 16 Feb. 2020 This path is used by snowmobiles and the occasional fat-tired recumbent bicycle, Teasdale notes, and O’Brady relied on the route for more than a third of his crossing. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "The Polar Explorer Colin O’Brady and the Problem with “Firsts”," 14 Feb. 2020 Other new steps include an annual bonus of $220 for civil servants who switch to bicycles or car-sharing for their rides to work. BostonGlobe.com, "Macron to get hybrid car as France steps up climate fight," 12 Feb. 2020 One of those requirements is having at least one bicycle for every two electric scooters. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "When will quick-rent scooters and bikes come to Birmingham?," 12 Feb. 2020 Los Angeles officials were right to suspend Uber’s permit to rent out scooters and electric bicycles in the city because the company on its riders’ trips, a hearing officer found Tuesday. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. wins appeal in fight with Uber over scooter and bike data," 11 Feb. 2020 Following his intuition, Mengel bicycles over to Alex's. Jamie Yuccas, CBS News, "Why was the word "boy" carved into the arm of an accused killer?," 8 Feb. 2020 Acting Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Gregory Rooney said people stepping into traffic to enter or exit a vehicle are at risk of being hit by a motor vehicle or bicycle. USA TODAY, "Purple haze, making the sausage, ‘Goodfellas’ tavern: News from around our 50 states," 14 Jan. 2020 Ketelhut and the police are monitoring online resale sites for recumbent bicycles that might be linked to the theft from Daring Adventures. Chase Hunter, azcentral, "Bikes for people with disabilities stolen from Phoenix nonprofit," 10 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Arrest history Graff was first charged with disorderly conduct in June 2009 when someone saw Graff bicycling with eight German shepherds following closely behind him. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Armed man living in riverside bunker had past run-ins with police, passersby," 26 Nov. 2019 For decades-long vigorous athletes experiencing arthritis pain, experts suggest switching routines over stopping completely — bicycling instead of running, for example. Amby Burfoot, chicagotribune.com, "Dealing with arthritis pain? Keep moving, or it might get worse.," 15 Nov. 2019 Signatories of that letter include groups focused on advocacy for the environment, preservation, bicycling and mass transit. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland lawmakers, advocacy groups urge rejection of Gov. Hogan's toll lanes plan in D.C. suburbs," 3 June 2019 Both notably fashionable and immaturely mischievous, the lip-syncing young actor captures Brown’s unmistakable haircut and, ultimately, his toothy grin following a graphic re-enactment of a bicycling accident. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 2010s: Staff Picks," 26 Nov. 2019 With our weather, Florida should be a bicycling paradise. Bonnie Gross, sun-sentinel.com, "Avoid the traffic on these four scenic bike trails in Florida," 22 Nov. 2019 Bicycle ads flourished and Americans devoured bicycling magazines. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "What the Fight Over Scooters Has in Common With the 19th-Century Battle Over Bicycles," 21 Nov. 2019 Consultants hired by the city in 2018 recommended spending $50 million to rehabilitate the bridge, reducing it to four lanes and adding walking-and-bicycling paths on each side. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Hanover Street Bridge to close for second weekend in a row, but reopen for Ravens game Sunday," 8 Oct. 2019 Jillian Detweiler, executive director of the pedestrian and bicycling advocacy group The Street Trust, issued a statement Tuesday saying she was disappointed in the commission’s decision. oregonlive, "Oregon stays in-house, names Kris Strickler new state transportation director," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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Last Updated

26 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bicycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bicycle. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for bicycle

bicycle

noun
How to pronounce bicycle (audio)

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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