biped

noun
bi·​ped | \ˈbī-ˌped \

Definition of biped 

: a two-footed animal Australopithecines were bipeds.

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Other Words from biped

bipedal \(ˌ)bī-​ˈpe-​dᵊl \ adjective
bipedally \(ˌ)bī-​ˈpe-​dᵊl-​ē \ adverb

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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 That transition from stable quadruped to confident biped took a long time as new members of the human family tree evolved. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Toddler Was at Home on the Ground and in the Trees," 5 July 2018 Science Nothing in robotics is as unintentionally hilarious as watching a biped fall. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Lab Making Robots Walk Through Fire and Ride Segways," 25 Apr. 2018 Lucy lived over 3 million years ago and her remains helped scientists establish that humans became bipeds, that is, walked upright, much earlier than previously thought. Daniel R. Taylor, Philly.com, "Medical mystery: The toddler who walked like an old man," 13 Apr. 2018 Only a few characters recur, but these are essentially the same unlucky bipeds, sometimes glimpsed a few decades later. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Catching Up With Denis Johnson’s Star-Crossed Drifters," 15 Jan. 2018 The biped that weighs about 66 pounds (29.94 kilograms) may not have feathers or a head, but she is attached to a short torso that holds motors, computers and batteries and is able to walk unassisted on rough and uneven terrain. Washington Post, "U. of Michigan expert puts bird-like robot through its paces," 30 Oct. 2017

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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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biped

noun

English Language Learners Definition of biped

: a 2-footed animal

biped

noun
bi·​ped | \ˈbī-ˌped \

Kids Definition of biped

: a two-footed animal

biped

noun
bi·​ped | \ˈbī-ˌped \

Medical Definition of biped 

: a two-footed animal

Other Words from biped

biped or bipedal \(ˈ)bī-​ˈped-​ᵊl \ adjective
bipedally adverb

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