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

Emma Hernandez was riding her bicycle near her home in Southwest Detroit on Monday when the three pit bulls escaped through dilapidated fences and attacked her, according to police. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Dad of 9-year-old Detroit girl mauled to death by pit bulls had argued with owner, family says," 21 Aug. 2019 Initial reports said the girl and another child were riding their bicycles when the dogs attacked. Ann Zaniewski, USA TODAY, "9-year-old girl fatally mauled by 3 dogs in Detroit; pet owner arrested," 20 Aug. 2019 Initial reports said the girl and another child were riding their bicycles when the dogs attacked. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Girl, 9, fatally mauled by dogs in Detroit; pet owner arrested," 19 Aug. 2019 At some point, the truck made contact with Faulkner, who went down on his bicycle and got caught up underneath the truck, resulting in him getting run over by the truck and killed. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Bicyclist, 81, killed by water tanker west of Rochester, sheriff says," 14 Aug. 2019 The middle school made the news in 2010 when a campus supervisor, citing concern about racial tension, told a student to remove an American flag from his bicycle. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "California teacher told to stop handing out ‘Gender Unicorn’ to students," 12 Aug. 2019 As police were arriving, the man attempted to flee on his bicycle. oregonlive.com, "Speeding, swerving driver was trying to impress girlfriend: Forest Grove police log," 12 Aug. 2019 Two things that struck her odd were that the suspect appears to have brought his bicycle into their home and then rushed to carry it back outside when the Cummingses were awakened by the alarm system. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "Crowdsourcing to solve a crime: Rockeymoore Cummings turns to Twitter for leads on home invasion," 10 Aug. 2019 Children line up with their bicycles to wait for the players, who each pick a bike to ride into practice -- cartoon characters, colorful paint and all. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "NFL star J.J. Watt breaks a boy's bike fulfilling a childhood dream in Green Bay," 5 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But bicycling, especially for children, is a little bit scary. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Santee moving on making streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists," 5 Aug. 2019 Stephanie Ward was one of several Star Creek neighbors who strolled or bicycled by, or sought to avoid the reporters and TV cameras on their morning walk on a cool and overcast Sunday. John C Moritz, USA TODAY, "Quiet Texas neighborhood stunned by connection to El Paso shooting suspect," 4 Aug. 2019 Firefighters were working to rescue a child that fell down a cliff while bicycling at Aquatic Park in San Francisco on Friday afternoon. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Cliffside rescue underway for father, child at Aquatic Park," 9 Aug. 2019 Rotary also promotes international fellowship friendships through sharing hobbies such as bicycling, sailing and quilting. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Marta Knight," 24 June 2019 The aim is to find walking and bicycling improvements on Main and Barre streets. USA TODAY, "Emoji house, Saharan dust, turtle crossing: News from around our 50 states," 8 Aug. 2019 Santee is currently collecting and evaluating pedestrian and bicycling recommendations by residents and other interested parties. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Santee moving on making streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists," 5 Aug. 2019 New York’s streets have seen an increase in bicycling while also becoming more perilous, in part because of surging truck traffic fueled by the booming e-commerce industry. New York Times, "Cyclist Killed by Cement Truck and 2 Other Deaths Spur ‘Emergency’," 3 July 2019 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

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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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