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 motorcycle (audio) \ noun

Examples of motorcycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Through the all-women motorcycle riders, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, James was able to get in touch with Gomez, the Albuquerque attorney, who has a private practice but also works pro bono for families who are dealing with MMIWG cases. Arlyssa Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 7 May 2022 Magic Leap glasses were used in a demonstration of Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire electric motorcycle during the CES trade show in 2019. Joanna Stern, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Troopers said the front of the motorcycle struck the Chevrolet. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, 5 May 2022 The motorcycle, a 2009 Kawasaki, was lying on its side in the westbound travel lane about 20 feet from the SUV. Hartford Courant, 4 May 2022 Who could ever dream up an experience like flying in a vintage airplane over scenic vineyards or riding in a motorcycle sidecar through rows of plump grapes? Devorah Lev-tov, Robb Report, 3 May 2022 If our motorcycle manufacturer had truly integrated systems communicating in real time, then building a bike in an eight-hour shift would be doable. John Mcniff, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Upon investigation, the motorcycle was found to belong to a 22-year-old Strongsville man. cleveland, 2 May 2022 The motorcyclist was traveling eastbound when a 34-year-old female in a sedan hit the back of the motorcycle and ejected the 64-year-old, FHP said. Natalia Jaramillo, Orlando Sentinel, 1 May 2022 See More

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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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Dictionary Entries Near motorcycle

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Last Updated

12 May 2022

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“Motorcycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for motorcycle


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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