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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The next time President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence take a trip, Alta Lauren Gunawan might very well be roaring alongside them on her 1,100 pound motorcycle as part of the elite Secret Service team keeping them safe. Hasley Pitman, NBC News, "Secret Service motorcade officer becomes first woman, first Asian American to join elite division," 3 July 2019 In once instance, records show a cop in Southern California was fired for shooting at suspects fleeing in a vehicle from his motorcycle during a chase. Thomas Peele, The Mercury News, "Daly City officer reprimanded after finding that 2016 shooting was improper," 2 July 2019 Mike Ferazzi lived to ride his motorcycle with his brothers, members of the Jarheads, a group of bikers comprised of, well, jarheads, Marines. Kevin Cullen,, "At the Registry of Motor Vehicles, deadly inefficiency," 2 July 2019 His alleged getaway driver, Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, couldn't escape because his motorcycle stalled, and a crowd pummeled him before turning him over to authorities, according to police. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Mastermind negotiated $30,000 bounty in botched hit that wounded baseball star David Ortiz, police allege," 1 July 2019 To get to work, Jack McClary would ride his Indian motorcycle. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jack's Ride': 100-year-old vet takes joyride with motorcycle club," 29 June 2019 One of her regulars was Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, who would arrive on his motorcycle with his toddler daughter, Valeria, to grab a quick bite or pick up the savory treats to go. Washington Post, "Drowned father, daughter left humble origins in El Salvador," 28 June 2019 As Kuritz exited the road, his motorcycle struck a utility pole, police said. Emily Brindley,, "East Hampton motorcyclist killed in Haddam crash," 16 June 2019 The crash happened just after 5 p.m. Johnson was thrown from his motorcycle, according to the release, and medics pronounced him dead at the scene. Christina Tkacik,, "Motorcyclist, a 49-year-old Essex man, killed in crash," 15 June 2019

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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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7 Jul 2019

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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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