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

Vela’s last-ditch bicycle kick attempt in stoppage time was then blocked by Timbers defender Zarek Valentin. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Jeremy Ebobisse’s game-winning goal leads Portland Timbers to 1-0 win over LAFC in U.S. Open Cup," 10 July 2019 Think back to the brace in the 2017 final against Juventus, the hat-trick against Atleti in the semis, *that* bicycle kick, three goals against Paris Saint-Germain, five against Bayern Munich. SI.com, "Why Real Madrid Fans Shouldn't Be Overly Optimistic Despite Summer Spending Spree," 7 July 2019 Local regulations for dockless scooters and bicycles went into effect today, limiting parking and speeds in certain areas around the city of San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s dockless scooter regulations take effect," 1 July 2019 Congrats to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office dive team, which this week pulled 57 scooters and bicycles from the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Bike-Friendly Cities, a New Urbanism, and More Car News This Week," 30 June 2019 Orlando City goalkeeper Brian Rowe had a diving save in the 55th minute after Columbus’ Robinho attempted a bicycle kick to maintain a clean sheet. Luis Torres, Pro Soccer USA, "Chris Mueller, Tesho Akindele score as Orlando City defeats Columbus Crew," 30 June 2019 Scooters and bicycles would have to be inspected weekly. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "Not so fast: Shared electric scooters, bicycles barred from Burbank," 28 June 2019 Bryan Anselm for The New York Times New York State is on the verge of embracing electric scooters and bicycles in a victory for tech leaders and delivery workers who have fought for months to make the speedy devices legal. New York Times, "Electric Scooters Are Coming to New York, But You Can’t Rent One in Manhattan," 19 June 2019 This includes public transit, rental cars, scooters and bicycles. Eric Newcomer And Brad Stone, chicagotribune.com, "Uber will rent scooters through its app in partnership with Lime," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fortunately, none of the race participants were seriously injured, according to British bicycling website Bikesy. Matt Mcnulty, PEOPLE.com, "'Mountain of Hell' Bike Race Results in Enormous Crash and Pileup as Cyclists Are Sent Flying," 3 July 2019 In 2014 Atlanta won a prestigious environmental rehabilitation award for its revitalization of the Beltline, a 33-mile greenway (also once a railroad track) specifically for bicycling and walking. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "Biking is the best way to see a city—and it’s good for the planet," 12 June 2019 The $274,260 resurfacing project along nearly 4 miles between county roads 561 and 561A was aimed at bolstering Lake’s status as a bicycling haven and dampening tensions between cyclists and motorists. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Resurfaced Sugarloaf Mountain Road offers smoother ride for cyclists: ‘The road really looks nice’," 6 June 2019 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

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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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