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

bike, cycle, push-bike (also push bicycle) [British], two-wheeler, velocipede [archaic]

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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

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Make sure to follow the rules, though, including no glass containers, no bicycles (there’s a $3 bike valet available), no small children, no dogs and no fighting. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Taking a swing at annual Over the Line tournament," 12 July 2018 Doing it outside on a Manhattan street, with all the cars, buses, traffic lights, people, strollers and bicycles, would feel like an onslaught. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 For starters, each cottage has 2 bicycles for our guests to use. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 University President Tony Waldrop said in a Wednesday night statement that the student was suspended after admitting to hanging two nooses and a bicycle in a tree on campus. Fox News, "Student suspended after nooses found on Alabama campus," 28 Sep. 2018 But on-demand delivery companies such as Deliv Inc. and DoorDash Inc. that make point-to-point trips carrying food or e-commerce purchases typically rely on armies of couriers who travel by car, scooter or bicycle. Jennifer Smith And Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "FedEx to Test Robot for Same-Day Delivery," 27 Feb. 2019 The bicycles, hanging laundry, antique walls, and tiles showcase Old Shanghai, but the shops highlight a different world—everything from traditional housewares to modern gifts and everything in between. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Do Shanghai in 12 Hours or Less," 14 Dec. 2018 And bicycles, luggage, all kinds of stuff, people are going to see those prices. Fox News, "Rep. Devin Nunes: Need to declassify Russia documents before election," 16 Sep. 2018 Any activity the group feels may cause pain or bring harm to the elephant—walking a tightrope, riding a bicycle, or doing headstands, for instance—has been prohibited. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Ever Okay to Ride Elephants While on Vacation? It’s Complicated...," 18 Oct. 2018

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Officers were called to the scene in Central City around 6:50 p.m. During the investigation, officers learned that Scott was bicycling when a vehicle approached, and shots were fired. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Coroner IDs victim in fatal shooting on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard," 16 Oct. 2017 From bicycling in flirty dresses to donning white at Wimbledon, Pippa Middleton always looks chic while out and about in London. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Stuns in Colorful Temperley London Gown for Night Out," 27 Feb. 2019 Weekend Highlight Take a spin around scenic Bainbridge Island on the 47th annual Chilly Hilly ride, Cascade Bicycle Club’s unofficial start to the year’s bicycling season. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Chilly Hilly bike ride on Bainbridge and Seattle Home Show get ready to roll," 20 Feb. 2019 Add these trips to your bicycling bucket list, and get ready to be blown away by the breathtaking views on your next ride. 1. Annie Daly, SELF, "12 Beautiful Biking Destinations You’ll Want to Add to Your Bucket List," 18 July 2018 But those studies primarily examined nonstop intense exercise, such as continuous, hard bicycling or running, and not interval training, which interrupts the strenuous exertion with rest periods. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Hate High-Intensity Exercise? Try It. You Might Like It.," 30 May 2018 Brian Coyne writes about bicycling around California. Brian Coyne, San Francisco Chronicle, "Biking along Marin’s old North Pacific Coast Railroad," 17 May 2018 Among the highlights: white-water rafting on the Deschutes River, hiking in the Cascades, bicycling through the Columbia River Gorge and a jet-boat ride into Hells Canyon. Mark Childress, WSJ, "The Debate Over Cruise Vacations: Wonderful or Torturous?," 14 Aug. 2018 Lots of people oppose Prop 6, including Governor Jerry Brown, a ton of municipalities in the state (check out the full list here), a slew of Democratic groups, the NAACP, bicycling advocates, and the Coalition for Clean Air. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Environmental Measures on the 2018 Midterm Election Ballots You Should Know About," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of bicycle

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bicycle

Noun

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

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The first known use of bicycle was in 1868

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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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