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

Definition of biped

: a two-footed animal Australopithecines were bipeds.

Other Words from biped

bipedal \ (ˌ)bī-​ˈpe-​dᵊl How to pronounce biped (audio) \ adjective
bipedally \ (ˌ)bī-​ˈpe-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce biped (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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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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English Language Learners Definition of biped

: a 2-footed animal


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

Kids Definition of biped

: a two-footed animal


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 biped (audio) \ adjective
bipedally adverb

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