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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On September 5th, 2013, Carlson was sitting on her motorcycle in a school parking lot, talking with a student, when Visich approached, reached out, and began to rub her shoulders. Ben Guarino, The Verge, "An academic reported sexual harassment. Her university allegedly retaliated," 12 Nov. 2018 The riding academy teaches new motorcyclists how to safely and properly ride their motorcycles. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc Harley-Davidson continues construction on in-house training course," 13 July 2018 An Irving Police Department cop had a near miss with a driver who ran into his motorcycle. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Body cam footage shows car slam into Texas cop's motorcycle," 12 July 2018 The officer, Michael Horman, was riding his motorcycle down North Graham Street. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Woman charged after colliding with CMPD officer near uptown Charlotte," 6 July 2018 Police say Larsen was thrown from his motorcycle and hit by a Ford SUV driving in the opposite direction. CBS News, "Off-duty firefighter killed in motorcycle crash with bear in Oregon," 4 June 2018 Oscar Nilsson was riding his motorcycle along a three-lane, one-way road in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "GM settles with motorcyclist struck by Cruise self-driving car," 4 June 2018 Whether Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle matches numbers like that could play a major factor in the bike’s success. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Harley-Davidson debuts its first electric motorcycle, coming 2019," 8 Nov. 2018 At least eight of the department’s motorcycles now have a mount on the backs where officers can place the rifle. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Arizona police department mounts AR-15 rifles on backs of some motorcycles," 2 Oct. 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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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