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noun (1)

plural bikes
: bicycle
They watch a middle-aged man pedal by on his bike, the carrier filled to the brim with its own pile of collectables.Joanne Ramondt
: motorcycle
More than 100,000 motorcyclists are expected to descend on tiny Sturgis, S.D., this week for the annual Black Hills Motor Classic, the country's biggest bike rally.Newsweek
: motorbike
Yes, those are motorbikes racing around an ice track. No, that doesn't mean you should take your motorbike out on some ice and ride as fast as you can. These ice racers are serious. They modify their bikes to perform on the slippery surface provided by the great Michigan outdoors.Jessica Shepherd
: stationary bicycle
It's four in the morning and DeBartolo is already whirring away on the exercise bike. He'll ride and read for 90 minutes without stopping, then hit the rowing machine, then the stair-climber.Rick Reilly


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biked; biking

intransitive verb

: to ride a bike


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noun (2)

plural bikes
chiefly Scotland : a nest of wild bees, wasps, or hornets
chiefly Scotland : a crowd or swarm of people

Examples of bike in a Sentence

Noun (1) likes to ride her mountain bike on weekends Verb We biked to the park. He bikes in the mountains. the boisterous bike that annually descends upon Edinburgh for the Fringe
Recent Examples on the Web
Some have pools and pickleball courts; others, like the ones in Lovas and Crooks’s neighborhood, are ranch homes with garden gnomes and kids’ bikes in the front yards. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 15 July 2024 There’s also a growth of cycle paths for biking enthusiasts, with a free public bike system in place. Kasia Dietz, Travel + Leisure, 15 July 2024
Visitors who take plastic waste to the National Gallery of Denmark can turn the trash into a piece of art, while those who bike to Copenhagen’s iconic heating plant can ski down the building’s roof. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 15 July 2024 Spend mornings biking to the breakfast buffet and evenings riding along the jetty, spotting eagle rays and sharks below. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, 10 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for bike 

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Word History


Noun (1)

by shortening & alteration

Noun (2)

Middle English

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1885, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bike was in the 14th century

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“Bike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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