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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Two bicycles and a lawn mower were stolen from a garage and a landscape trailer was stolen from the driveway. Washington Post, "Loudoun County crime report," 13 June 2019 When McQuillar was 18, he was shot in the chest and stomach while riding a bicycle on Liberty Street, according to Courant archives. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Hartford police: Felon arrested after stabbing victim in neck," 11 June 2019 San Tomas Aquino Road and Campbell Avenue: A 33-year-old was stopped while riding a bicycle and became confrontational. Rachel Spacek, The Mercury News, "Campbell crime report for the week of June 14," 6 June 2019 But some recommendations could be incorporated into the city’s existing master plans for bicycle, pedestrian and transit access, Gore said. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Transfers at Husky Stadium station were ‘horrendous,’ for some users, so U District community devised a plan for its future stop," 15 Oct. 2018 Cargo is a wide category and can include an eclectic mix of goods — such as cars, bicycles, alcohol, apparel, food, livestock, drugs, electronics, and general merchandise. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Video: Police allegedly left a “bait truck” filled with Nike shoes in a black Chicago neighborhood," 7 Aug. 2018 Between Sunday and Monday, two bicycles were stolen from frat houses; one from an unattached garage behind Delta Tau Delta at 416 Beacon St., and another from the basement storage area of Sigma Chi at 532 Beacon St., MIT Police said. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "2 arrested following series of burglaries at MIT fraternity houses," 13 July 2018 It was reported at 4:20 p.m. July 2 that two bicycles were stolen from the bike rack at Cossitt Avenue Elementary School, 115 W. Cossitt Ave. Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, "La Grange blotter: Laptop stolen in armed robbery," 6 July 2018 Nobody requested these scooters, and no one ever dreamed that the sidewalks would be dotted with hundreds of unattended electric vehicles in a city where an estimated 4,000 bicycles are stolen each year. Ted Trautman, San Francisco Chronicle, "I rode electric scooters in SF for a day. Here’s why we need more of them.," 17 Apr. 2018

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Paying attention Weather-permitting, Amanda Jaczkowski is back to bicycling to work on the street, using bike lanes when available. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Autos vs. bikes: Watch for shrinking roads in metro Detroit," 10 June 2019 As women took up bicycling, tennis and golf, clothing for those sports affected the acceptability of pants. Dina Litovsky, National Geographic, "Gender-bending fashion rewrites the rules of who wears what," 20 Mar. 2019 At the same time, city staff has said the mayor’s office is considering cutting funding for bicycling infrastructure citywide. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Faulconer calls for premium bike lanes downtown, likely delaying marquee project by years," 19 Mar. 2018 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

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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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