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

Examples of motorcycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police responded to a motorcycle accident at 10:16 p.m. Sept. 26 at Top Golf. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Couple assault employees at Top Golf: Independence Police Blotter," 5 Oct. 2020 One relative said the motorcycle accident that resulted in Cooper losing his leg was not caused by his being chased by CIA agents, as Cooper often claimed, but was just a regular accident., "How William Cooper and his book ‘Behold a Pale Horse’ planted seeds of QAnon conspiracy theory," 1 Oct. 2020 Shepard shared the unfiltered story of his struggle with the painkiller Vicodin, which stemmed from a motorcycle accident in 2012 and subsequent injuries. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Dax Shepard reveals he relapsed after 16 years of sobriety," 26 Sep. 2020 Nearly three weeks later, Blanco Brown is reflecting on surviving a serious motorcycle accident. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Blanco Brown Shares Pic of Helmet That Saved Him in Motorcycle Accident: 'I Fought for My Life'," 18 Sep. 2020 This is what happened in the infamous example of a man who died in a motorcycle accident but tested positive for coronavirus in the autopsy. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "The Price of Unrealistic Optimism," 15 Sep. 2020 Tolland Stage Rd will remain closed between Peter Green Rd & Dunn Hill Rd for several hours while CSP investigates today's motorcycle accident. Christine Dempsey,, "Motorcyclist dies after Tolland crash, state police say," 8 Sep. 2020 The whereabouts of Vorayuth, who police say caused the death of an officer in a motorcycle accident in September 2012, are unknown. Kocha Olarn, Eric Cheung And Nectar Gan, CNN, "Thailand issues new charges against fugitive Red Bull heir," 25 Aug. 2020 The European drug trade has long-standing connections to outlaw motorcycle gangs. The Economist, "Sleazy riders Drugs, torture and turf war: Europe’s biker gangs turn nasty," 15 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Motorcycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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