mo·​tor·​cy·​cle | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌsī-kəl How to pronounce motorcycle (audio) \

Definition of motorcycle

: an automotive vehicle with two in-line wheels

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Other Words from motorcycle

motorcycle intransitive verb
motorcyclist \ -​k(ə-​)list How to pronounce motorcyclist (audio) \ noun

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As recently as a decade ago, 600-cc sportbikes (called supersports) were the hottest motorcycles in the world. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Motorcycle Makers Are Bailing Out of Building Supersport Bikes. Not Kawasaki.," 12 Dec. 2018 The 41-year-old male driver of the motorcycle was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Passenger in fatal motorcycle crash identified as 35-year-old Shawnee woman," 26 June 2018 But the joy of riding is reason enough to own a motorcycle. Bill Hartford, Popular Mechanics, "My First Year on a Motorcycle," 15 Feb. 2019 Following rumors that Gaga would be starring in Cooper's directorial debut, they were photographed in Los Angeles together riding a motorcycle. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper's Working Relationship," 9 Feb. 2019 Underscoring those challenges, Islamic State militants on motorcycles on Sunday attacked and shot at an SDF convoy in Deir Ezzour province, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "U.S.-Backed Forces Push to Capture Islamic State’s Last Territory in Syria," 11 Feb. 2019 On the day of the breakout, a motorcycle was used to race Gurman to the exit of the tunnel, where an ATV took him to a warehouse, the witness said. Tom Hays, The Seattle Times, "Witness: El Chapo’s wife was in on plans for prison escape," 23 Jan. 2019 On the day of the escape, Mr. Guzmán dropped down into the tunnel and onto the back of a motorcycle that drove to the tunnel’s exit. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "Wife of ‘El Chapo’ Coordinated His 2015 Prison Escape, Witness Says," 23 Jan. 2019 It was conceived by Rihanna in collaboration with PRODJECT, a creative agency which also helped conceptualize last season's Fenty X Puma presentation, where Rihanna appeared on a set of pink mountains while perched on the backseat of a motorcycle. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna's Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week Show Celebrated Women," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of motorcycle

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for motorcycle

motor bicycle

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The first known use of motorcycle was in 1894

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English Language Learners Definition of motorcycle

: a vehicle with two wheels that is powered by a motor and that can carry one or two people


mo·​tor·​cy·​cle | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌsī-kəl How to pronounce motorcycle (audio) \

Kids Definition of motorcycle

: a motorized vehicle for one or two passengers that has two wheels

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