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

The bicycle rider was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, said a news release by Commerce City police. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Bicyclist seriously injured in Commerce City collision with pickup truck," 20 Aug. 2019 Another officer then spotted Velez riding his bicycle on New Park Avenue. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "West Hartford Police arrest man for burglary, attempted burglary at two stores in same night," 12 Aug. 2019 Throughout history people have always pushed themselves to go faster, whether on foot, on horseback, on a boat or on a bicycle. Christine Helms, The Conversation, "NASCAR may be the fastest way to learn about physics," 8 Aug. 2019 According to the preliminary police investigation, Carl Justice, 68, of Goshen, was riding his bicycle north on Goshen Road in the southbound lane. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Highway Patrol: Bicyclist dies in 2-vehicle crash in Clermont County," 3 July 2019 The man was riding his bicycle around 8:15 p.m. near Valencia Street and Duboce Avenue when two 14-year-olds hit him with a skateboard and knocked him off the bike, said officer Robert Rueca, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department. Ashley Mcbride, SFChronicle.com, "Skateboard attack in SF’s Mission District injures man riding bike," 19 June 2019 Take a tour of your surroundings and get some exercise in by jumping on a bicycle. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "40 Creative Things to Do When You're Bored to Pass the Time," 23 May 2019 The moments before Frederick Frazier, 22, was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in South Los Angeles earlier this year, captured on a security camera, were at once tragic and familiar. Jose A. Del Real, New York Times, "Their Friend Died in a Hit-and-Run. Can They Take on Car Culture in Los Angeles?," 23 June 2018 Mike Kreza was hit while riding his bicycle off duty in Mission Viejo on Nov. 3 and died from his injuries two days later. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: BMX competition will wheelie into H.B. Friday," 12 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

A few weeks after the product launch, MIPS hit back in bicycling trade publications and on its own website. oregonlive, "WaveCel bursts onto the bike scene, expands into Wilsonville facility," 16 Sep. 2019 The report by Circulate San Diego — a nonprofit that promotes walking, bicycling and public transportation — found that Imperial Beach was the site of 137 crashes, including two fatal collisions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Imperial Beach commits to safer streets for pedestrians, bicyclists," 13 Sep. 2019 Chronic pain forced Jan, 66, a 10-year CPA member living with fibromyalgia in Phoenix, to give up bicycling, leave her job as an accountant, and stop babysitting her grandchildren. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "People Living With Chronic Pain Are Turning to This Support Group for Help," 16 Sep. 2019 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

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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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