mo·tor·cy·cle | \ˈmō-tər-ˌsī-kəl \

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 \ noun

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Buy Photo Steve Baker thought his life was over when a motorcycle crash left him paralyzed five years ago. Maggie Loesch,, "For wheelchair users, this vessel means sailing no longer is an 'Impossible Dream'," 6 July 2018 The driver of the motorcycle, Mauro Apostoli, 49, of West Chicago, was hospitalized for his injuries and charged with DUI. Staff Report, Naperville Sun, "Aurora man, teen killed in motorcycle-car crash, Naperville police say," 2 July 2018 This really feels like the promise of motorcycles, distilled down to the essence of wind, road, and speed. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Every Kind of Bike Is Going Electric," 22 June 2018 Representatives of the bloc’s governments agreed to impose a 25 percent duty on 2.8 billion euros ($3.3 billion) of EU imports of a range of U.S. products including Harley-Davidson Inc. motorcycles, Levi Strauss & Co. jeans and bourbon whiskey. Jonathan Stearns,, "EU's Juncker Says Trump Called Him a ‘Brutal Killer’ at G-7," 14 June 2018 Kansas City, Kansas, police are working a fatal motorcycle crash Tuesday afternoon. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Crash into pole kills motorcyclist in Kansas City, Kan.," 12 June 2018 Known as Sandinista turbas (or mobs), these pro-government armed groups dress in attire associating them with the state, some riding on motorcycles, the report said. Natalie Gallón, CNN, "Nicaragua using 'shoot to kill' strategy on protesters, Amnesty International says," 29 May 2018 The state highway safety report said that helmets reduce severe traumatic brain injury in motorcycle crashes. Mary Wisniewski,, "Weather may be reason for national drop in motorcycle deaths, safety group says," 2 May 2018 An Orlando man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Osceola County Friday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Michael Williams,, "Motorcyclist killed in high-speed Osceola crash, troopers say," 13 July 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 \

Kids Definition of motorcycle

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

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