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

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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 By 2002, Sang had transitioned to coaching; Kipchoge, who was scraping out a living delivering milk on the back of a bicycle, decided to seek him out for running advice. Jonathan W. Rosen, New York Times, "Eliud Kipchoge Emerges as the Philosopher-King of Running," 2 Oct. 2020 The tour includes the rental of an electric assist bicycle. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This New Malibu Bike Tour Includes Stunning Ocean Views and Wine Tasting," 14 Sep. 2020 That card fetches about $7,000 today in mint condition, less if it was stuck between the spokes of a bicycle. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Dom Amore: One magic spring, Middletown’s Bill Denehy shared a baseball card, and much more, with Mets legend Tom Seaver," 7 Sep. 2020 Thanks to research for the Historical Society by historian Mary Ann Ashcraft, much of the history of the bicycle in Carroll County has been brought to life. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dayhoff: Viva la bicyclette de Carroll County: Local cycling traced back to 19th century," 4 Sep. 2020 If Blanding’s turtles completely disappeared, the cascading effects could be like the precarious existence of a bicycle dependent on its parts, Thompson said. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Captive-bred Blanding’s turtles released into the wild: ‘To bring them back from the brink of extinction is a monumental undertaking.’," 2 Sep. 2020 Inspired by the frame of a bicycle, Breuer crafted the cantilever base using tubular steel, an innovative material not typically used in furniture design at the time. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Year's Trendiest Chair Is Nearly a Century Old But You Can Snag One Now for Less," 11 Aug. 2020 Vehicle traffic, bicycle and horse access, and pedestrian travel would be evaluated. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea pursues grant to study transportation connectivity options," 6 Oct. 2020 One witness told police that protesters had thrown a bicycle and a thermos at the truck before its driver got out of his vehicle, WTOC reported. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Georgia man charged after tossing smoke grenade, pointing gun at Breonna Taylor protesters," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Now Mayberry-By-The-Sea fans must bicycle to Mount Pilot for games. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: It’s easy to blame city for all this rotten stadium business ... because it is," 3 Oct. 2020 People who try to bicycle through the Arts and Design District or loiter in Carmel's public garages could soon face fines. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Carmel City Council bans bicycling in certain areas, loitering in public garages," 9 July 2020 Leslie also makes sure to take care of herself; that means walking, skiing, diving, bicycling, and maintaining a network of close friends. BostonGlobe.com, "When Leslie Jackson Chihuly met the artist who would become her husband, Dale Chihuly was a firecracker — talkative, compelling, upbeat. “He was interested in everything. He wanted to look at vintage clothing. He wanted to talk about books,” she recalled of their first days 25 years ago.," 23 Oct. 2019 The Cleveland Metroparks closed several roads to motorists last week to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to provide park users with more space for bicycling, running and hiking. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Solon residents may call in comments or questions at tonight’s City Council meeting," 6 Apr. 2020 Thirty-five years old, with wavy hair piled atop her head, she was known for bicycling from house to house visiting the patients of her private obstetrics practice. Bess Lovejoy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Pioneering Health Officer Who Saved Portland From the Plague," 25 Mar. 2020 That means people accustomed to driving solo and stowing their cars in the Millbrae parking lot may have to start carpooling, bicycling or riding the bus. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Housing is coming soon to BART’s Millbrae Station. The price? 600 parking spots," 18 Oct. 2019 As pedestrian, bicycling and auto fatalities continue to mount, California will convene a new Zero Traffic Fatalities Task Force this week to consider a variety of ways to slow drivers. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Speed cameras may be on table again for San Jose and San Francisco," 25 June 2019 The Earl of Snowdon, son of Princess Margaret (the queen's sister) and Antony Armstrong-Jones, was seen bicycling home from the royal Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Margaret's Son Biked Home from the Queen's Royal Christmas Lunch," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bicycle

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1869, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for bicycle

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for bicycle

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The first known use of bicycle was in 1868

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Last Updated

21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bicycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bicycle. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for bicycle

bicycle

noun
How to pronounce bicycle (audio)

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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