biped

noun
bi·​ped | \ ˈbī-ˌped How to pronounce biped (audio) \

Definition of biped

: a two-footed animal Australopithecines were bipeds.

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Other Words from biped

bipedal \ (ˌ)bī-​ˈpe-​dᵊl How to pronounce bipedal (audio) \ adjective
bipedally \ (ˌ)bī-​ˈpe-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce bipedally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of biped in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some things, like the general shape of our femurs, are the product of generations of evolution, which selected the traits that were most useful for bipeds. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Long after some hominins were bipedal, others stuck to the trees," 30 Mar. 2020 Yet the magazine continues to explore, optimistically, the challenges and discoveries that promise to shape the lives of bipeds, quadrupeds and every other creature on Earth. Ted Scheinman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Smithsonian Magazine Turns 50," 23 Mar. 2020 These usually use a car's onboard camera system and computer vision algorithms to detect bipeds in the field of view. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Pedestrian detection systems don’t work very well, AAA finds," 7 Oct. 2019 But Boston Dynamics has since that time turned Atlas into a marvel that can do backflips, far outpacing other bipeds that still have a hard time walking. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Robots," 17 May 2018 Machines like Cassie the biped or SpotMini the robot dog are quickly mastering locomotion, thanks to line after line of meticulous code. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Shape-Shifting Robot That Evolves by Falling Down," 18 May 2018 But Grizzle and his team are constantly tweaking the biped’s algorithms, then testing it all out in the real world ... that’s sometimes on fire. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Lab Making Robots Walk Through Fire and Ride Segways," 25 Apr. 2018 Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Science Nothing in robotics is as unintentionally hilarious as watching a biped fall. Matt Simon, WIRED, "How Roboticists Are Copying Nature to Make Fantastical Machines," 28 June 2018 The juxtaposition — robust muscleman and gawky fowl — is a wonderfully sarcastic rebuke to Plato’s description of humans as featherless bipeds. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of biped

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biped

Latin biped-, bipes, from bi- + ped-, pes foot — more at foot

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The first known use of biped was in 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Biped.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biped. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for biped

biped

noun
How to pronounce biped (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of biped

: a 2-footed animal

biped

noun
bi·​ped | \ ˈbī-ˌped How to pronounce biped (audio) \

Kids Definition of biped

: a two-footed animal

biped

noun
bi·​ped | \ ˈbī-ˌped How to pronounce biped (audio) \

Medical Definition of biped

: a two-footed animal

Other Words from biped

biped or bipedal \ (ˈ)bī-​ˈped-​ᵊl How to pronounce bipedal (audio) \ adjective
bipedally adverb

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