bicycle

noun
bi·cy·cle | \ ˈbī-si-kəl , -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, -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, -ˌsi- also-ˌsī- \ noun
bicyclist \ˈbī-si-klist, -ˌsi- also-ˌsī- \ noun

Synonyms for bicycle

Synonyms: Noun

bike, cycle, two-wheeler

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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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Riding a bicycle on Florida’s roadways can be hair-raising, dangerous and sometimes deadly. David Schutz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Which Broward County roads are safe for bicyclists? Search our map," 13 July 2018 Three bicycles were stolen from an open garage at a residence. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 12 July 2018 Besides bicycles and football boots left near the cave's entrance and hand prints seen on the walls, there has been no contact with the boys, ages 11 to 16, or their 25-year-old assistant coach. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Thailand cave rescue clears hurdle, divers reach passageway that may lead to youth soccer team," 1 July 2018 Residents are well acquainted with local police and the dozens of bicycle-riding community service officers hired each summer to help with parking and related issues. Todd Wallack, BostonGlobe.com, "For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise," 14 July 2018 Years later the killer resurfaces, scrawling graffiti on a barn and leaving notes, photos and used condoms on children's bicycles. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana child killer who taunted police featured on Investigation Discovery," 13 July 2018 Yet even as private bicycles move underground, new invaders are clogging Dutch pavements. The Economist, "The Dutch underground bicycle-park arms race," 12 July 2018 Soccer shoes and bicycles belonging to the 12 boys and their coach were discovered at the entrance of the deep cave where the team was trapped. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "The Thai Cave Rescue, Before Its Triumph, Teetered on the Brink of Disaster," 11 July 2018 The next problem was getting the new bicycles here from Taiwan. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here’s how two 'ordinary' Milwaukee-area men created a unique, dual-wheeled bicycle. The next challenge? Trying to sell them.," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Alternative transportation refers to transportation other than driving in one’s car alone, including walking, bicycling, public transit, carpooling, and using ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Salem calls for alternative transportation brainstorm from residents," 2 July 2018 Some ski resorts, for example, have developed summer downhill bicycling programs, bringing tourists back to the hotels and restaurants in their communities. Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY, "10 tips for seasonal survival of your small business," 23 May 2018 USA TODAY NETWORK Fifteen at-risk teens bicycling their way from Loveland to Niagara Falls will encounter their first big challenge before the journey begins. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "At-risk teens surrender cell phones for a 500-mile bike ride to Niagara," 6 July 2018 Robert Lackey was bicycling north on Brooks School Road near Broadmoor Drive when he was hit by a 2007 Buick SUV also traveling north, the Fishers Police Department said in a news release. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Bicyclist killed after being hit by car in Fishers," 30 June 2018 Yoga, bicycling, and other fitness classes will also be offered in addition to a media-spa and athlete housing. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital named anchor tenant for performance/wellness village at Franklin's Ballpark Commons," 29 Mar. 2018 The designation of the trail adds to the list of work the SWWWW has done to advocate for walking and bicycling. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Captain John Bissell Trail Officially Designated," 10 July 2018 Regular exercise, such as brisk walking, bicycling or swimming, strengthens the heart and muscles, and boosts energy and endurance. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "CDC report: Only 1 in 5 Georgia adults getting enough exercise," 30 June 2018 Each summer the scrappy company bicycles its whole production — set, costumes, props — from its home base in downtown Santa Rosa to nearby parks. Lily Janiak, SFChronicle.com, "Lily Janiak’s theater pick," 3 July 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 \

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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