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


bicycled; bicycling\ ˈbī-​si-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce bicycle (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

Other Words from bicycle


bicycler \ ˈbī-​si-​klər How to pronounce bicycle (audio) , -​ˌsi-​ also  -​ˌsī-​ \ noun
bicyclist \ ˈbī-​si-​klist How to pronounce bicycle (audio) , -​ˌsi-​ also  -​ˌsī-​ \ noun

Synonyms for bicycle

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The cover of the album shows a man engulfed in flames riding a bicycle through Times Square. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2022 Police released a surveillance image on Saturday showing the suspect riding a bicycle and carrying a firearm. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 18 Sep. 2022 The Montgomery County Police Department confirmed Sarah Joan Langenkamp, 42, was struck by a flatbed truck on the afternoon of Aug. 25 while riding a bicycle at the 5200 block of River Road in Bethesda. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 27 Aug. 2022 Saturday night, a woman riding a bicycle was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on the city's north side. The Indianapolis Star, 15 Aug. 2022 Barnes, 29, was shot to death in Shively on June 5 while riding a bicycle in the parking lot of a liquor store. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 5 Aug. 2022 Some, like riding a bicycle or driving rely on muscle memory, while others push Aris out of his interpersonal comfort zone. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 Anyone under the age of 16 is required to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle in Connecticut. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 20 June 2022 Houston police are searching for a driver who fled on foot after hitting and killing a man riding a bicycle early Monday morning in the East End. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 31 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Studies that compare factors including number of gym memberships, obesity rates, percentage of people who bicycle to work, hours of sunshine and amount of public green spaces ranked Amsterdam top of the healthy cities. The Editors, Robb Report, 14 Aug. 2022 Craighead said being able to walk or bicycle to locations in a community adds to the quality of life and helps reduce the city’s reliance on fossil fuels. Suzanne Baker, Chicago Tribune, 6 Sep. 2022 Bob Barnes, the man who had a mission to bicycle to all 50 U.S. state capitols in one year, finally completed his journey. Fox News, 1 Sep. 2022 More often, Saints Row's collision systems will get vehicles stuck on small objects in the world, from fences to bicycle racks to installed concrete chunks, in ways that screech the game's movement and fun to a halt. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 22 Aug. 2022 Eventually, Wobser said, residents and visitors staying in the city will be able to bicycle to and from Cedar Point. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 15 Aug. 2022 Ric-rac covered pastel ginghams, broken skateboard sweaters, bicycle handlebar tops, and toy-block shoes. José Criales-unzueta, Vogue, 3 Aug. 2022 Torres Torres said that by December, residents will be able to bicycle, walk and enjoy the space. Alexandra Mendoza, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2022 In 1894, in Boston, a twenty-three-year-old Jewish Latvian immigrant, Annie Kopchovsky, a mother of three, left home to become the first woman to bicycle the globe. The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bicycle


1868, in the meaning defined above


1869, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for bicycle


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

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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


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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