kick·​stand | \ˈkik-ˌstand \

Definition of kickstand 

: a swiveling metal bar or rod attached to a 2-wheeled vehicle (such as a bicycle) and used to prop up the vehicle when it is not in use

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This is a kickstand tablet with a detachable keyboard cover. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "The best laptop of last year adds HDR, facial recognition, and 8th-gen processors," 9 Jan. 2018 While the compact design has its compromises, such as a kickstand limited to two positions—the Surface 3 offered three!—it’s still a handy size for anyone who travels frequently. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's $399, 10-inch Surface Go rethinks the Windows tablet for consumers," 9 July 2018 The kickstand situation isn’t as solid as the Surface’s. Hartford Courant,, "CNET: Best Tablets Of 2018," 14 June 2018 Dockless bikes hang out on streetcorners and in front of convenience stores, loitering shiftlessly on their kickstands, either alone or else conspiring in small clusters like delinquent teenagers. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Bike Share Can Save Our Cities—If We Let It," 13 June 2018 This is a dry ride until kickstands are down at Quaker Steak and Lube. Andrea Cruikshank,, "Family of 'SuperBubz' starts motorcycle ride to aid Dragonfly," 11 June 2018 Microsoft is reportedly working on cheaper Surface accessories (including a keyboard and stylus) to complement the tablet, which will still include a kickstand. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft may release a tiny $400 Surface tablet to challenge the iPad," 16 May 2018 The 2017 version also includes an improved kickstand that folds back farther. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet is just $500 right now at Office Depot, a 50% discount," 3 May 2018 With Lego Technic pieces at the core of his creations, Patel has made the Switch a better kickstand, mounts for the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers and even steering wheels for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "These Nintendo Switch Lego Upgrades Are DIY Bliss," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of kickstand

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kickstand

from its being put in position by a kick

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The first known use of kickstand was in 1947

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English Language Learners Definition of kickstand

: a metal bar on a bicycle or motorcycle that swings down to hold it in an upright position when it is not in use


kick·​stand | \ˈkik-ˌstand \

Kids Definition of kickstand

: a metal bar or rod attached to a two-wheeled vehicle (as a bicycle) that is used to prop the vehicle up when it is not in use

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