biped

noun

bi·​ped ˈbī-ˌped How to pronounce biped (audio)
: a two-footed animal
Australopithecines were bipeds.
bipedal adjective
bipedally adverb

Examples of biped in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Australopithecus afarensis, which lived in eastern Africa from 3.85 million to 2.95 million years ago and is famously represented by the skeleton known as Lucy, discovered in 1974, was a capable biped. Kate Wong, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2020 All that really leaves are the special effects, which are made-for-Imax fine, though this modern rendition of Kong as a very human-ish biped has never looked quite right, a flaw that’s only multiplied. Brian Lowry, CNN, 28 Mar. 2024 The footage shows a large, hairy biped walking across a hillside before squatting in the sagebrush. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 10 Oct. 2023 Now, of course, Boston Dynamics is the authority in legged robots, with its Atlas biped and Spot quadruped. IEEE Spectrum, 31 July 2023 Once inside, even the tallest biped will find the rear executive-lounge-style seats of the Maybach to be among the most comfortable this side of airborne First Class. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 27 June 2023 My character—an aquatic, half-fish biped known as a kuo-toa—died, but was revived with some special herbs. Ed Park, The New Yorker, 31 Mar. 2023 What’s unique about this research is that it’s intended to be applied to any quadruped at all—with some very minor hardware, your quadruped can become a biped, too. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Mar. 2023 Or maybe hobbits had descended from Australopithecus afarensis — Lucy’s kin — since that species was a highly adaptable biped that spread over great masses of African land. Jill Neimark, Discover Magazine, 28 July 2011

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biped was in 1646

Dictionary Entries Near biped

Cite this Entry

“Biped.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biped. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

biped

noun
bi·​ped ˈbī-ˌped How to pronounce biped (audio)
: a two-footed animal
bipedal adjective

Medical Definition

biped

noun
bi·​ped ˈbī-ˌped How to pronounce biped (audio)
: a two-footed animal
biped adjective
bipedally adverb

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