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 \ ˈmō-​tər-​ˌsī-​k(ə-​)list How to pronounce motorcyclist (audio) \ noun

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There are some things nobody needs in this world, and a motorcycle with a huge 2,458 cc engine is one of them. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The (New) Biggest Motorcycle Engine You Can Buy," 2 May 2019 Lenz was driving a motorcycle and Krzywda was a passenger when they were struck by a car at the intersection of Illinois Highway 83 and Thorndale Avenue about 2:30 a.m. June 10. Clifford Ward,, "Second person dies from crash last month in Bensenville; authorities issue warrant for driver they say caused incident," 3 July 2018 Mazda, along with an enormous list of automotive and aircraft manufacturers and a couple of motorcycle makers, licensed the Wankel from NSU and developed their own versions. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 2019 The president has held up the iconic American motorcycle maker as an example of a U.S. business harmed by trade barriers in other countries, but Harley-Davidson had warned that tariffs could negatively impact its sales. Author: Darlene Superville, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump threatens Harley-Davidson with severe taxes if it shifts operations overseas," 26 June 2018 The motorcycle maker shipped 241,498 bikes to U.S. dealerships last year, the lowest number in six years. Stephen Hudak,, "Harley-Davidson sales slip but loyalty is strong among Leesburg Bikefest throngs," 27 Apr. 2018 After a week spent in Dior pieces to promote the brand in Seoul and Tokyo, Delevingne switched back to her off-duty uniform of dark denim and a leather motorcycle jacket. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson Dress for Date Night at the Moulin Rouge," 10 Apr. 2019 Or chime in on Twitter about riding a motorcycle with no helmet? Ellen Byron And Leslie Scism, WSJ, "Can a Facebook Post Make Your Insurance Cost More?," 18 Mar. 2019 In 2017, the brand welcomed 69-year-old Maye Musk into its family, along with Issa Rae (of HBO's Insecure), chef Ayesha Curry, fitness trainer Massy Arias, and motorcycle racer Shelina Moreda. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "The 10 Most Groundbreaking Beauty Campaigns of 2018," 22 Dec. 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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