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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If there is traffic, Ryde recommends electric bicycles or light-rail alternatives. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The World of 2045," 14 Oct. 2018 Their cool, candy-color outerwear has become a favorite of It girls and models around the world, particularly those very chic, bicycle-riding Danes in the designers’ inner circle. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "You’ve Definitely Seen Cardi B’s Lime-Green Coat All Over Instagram," 28 Sep. 2018 Harley-Davidson earlier this year announced an investment in electric motorcycle company Alta Motors and plans to follow up the LiveWire with a smaller scrambler-style electric, an electric scooter and electric-assist pedal bicycles. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Harley-Davidson reveals its first electric, adventure and streetfighter motorcycles," 30 July 2018 Uber took a similar step with a startup called Jump Bikes, which rents electric bicycles, before acquiring the business for more than $100 million in April. Eric Newcomer And Brad Stone, chicagotribune.com, "Uber will rent scooters through its app in partnership with Lime," 9 July 2018 The city of Coronado has impounded more than 100 dockless bicycles since March. Gustavo Solis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Coronado to recycle impounded dockless bicycles," 4 July 2018 Teenagers wearing leather holsters for their disks arrive for practice on bicycles. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 There protesters taunted a line of police officers on bicycles, denounced ICE, and sang and danced in the street. Stephanie Farr, Philly.com, "Thousands in Philadelphia protest ICE and Trump," 30 June 2018 Employees commute between them on colourful bicycles. The Economist, "The ultimate walled gardenChina has the world’s most centralised internet system," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 One advantage of bicycling to Jazz Fest is that parking is provided. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "A Jazz Fest guide for bicyclists (and drivers, too!)," 26 Apr. 2018 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

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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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