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, 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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Once there, SpaceX employees mostly rode bicycles around the island, with its sand, surf, and palm trees. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the eight desperate weeks that saved SpaceX from ruin," 21 Sep. 2018 There The whole spit is accessible by bicycle, available to hire throughout Nida for around $12-14 a day. Henry Wismayer, WSJ, "An Unmissable Summer Holiday in the Baltics," 22 Aug. 2018 Students also learn how to share their snacks, ride a bicycle, comb their hair, organize their books and bags, use the toilet, and say their prayers, among other things. Eam Asaduzzaman And Shababa Iqbal, The Christian Science Monitor, "School in Bangladesh builds confidence for autistic students – and their parents," 10 July 2018 One of the film's most significant scenes shows Rose teaching Sam how to ride a bicycle, which is fraught with emotion because Sam's mother died years earlier in a cycling accident. Danielle Gensburg, Chicago Reader, "Music is the connecting tissue in indie drama Hearts Beat Loud, starring Nick Offerman," 28 June 2018 On the morning before a shoot, he’s been known to ride his (all-black) bicycle in shark-like circles around the set and the crew preparing it, inspecting every inch. Darryn King, WIRED, "Director Andrew Niccol Lives in His Own Truman Show (And So Do You)," 4 May 2018 In the latest incident, officers heard gunfire about 12:40 a.m. Monday and found a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man who had been riding bicycles wounded on the 2500 block of Tasker Street in Philadelphia, police said. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "3 teens among weekend shooting victims in Philadelphia," 9 July 2018 The two polygraph experts were busted for taking a bicycle with a pink seat on a late-night joyride between bars on Mackinac Island, the Detroit News reports. Melissa Locker, Time, "Two Cops Went on a Very Silly Joy Ride on a Pink-Seated Bicycle," 27 June 2018 On Sunday, a Tampa father took his two young sons to spend the afternoon riding bicycles. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "A man said he was going to kill someone — then mowed down a family riding bikes, police say," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Even many environmentalists have come around because money was set aside for public transit, pedestrian and bicycling projects. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "What you need to know about California's gas tax repeal initiative," 25 June 2018 The city of Davis — where legend has it there are more bikes than cars — has been named the safest bicycling city in the country. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "This Sacramento-area city is the safest in the country for cyclists," 3 July 2018 While bicycling near San Diego State University that fall, he was hit by a car. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cindy Marten's fortune: leading San Diego Unified forward while suffering personal setbacks," 24 June 2018 Dawn Ponsi’s son, Robert, was stabbed to death while bicycling home in January 2016. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Relatives of murder victims in Baltimore voice support for state's attorney candidates," 6 June 2018 For a second summer, Elgin’s northeast side will play host to a big day of bicycling that honors a fallen rider whose death prompted a change in state law. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Northeast side readies for 2nd Dennis Jurs Memorial Bike Race," 3 July 2018 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

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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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