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

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He was cited and released and the motorcycle was towed. Brian Lisik,, "Woman arrested for disorderly conduct after police called twice in one day: Brunswick Police Blotter," 12 Aug. 2019 The motorcycle fell roughly 20 feet below the roadway, investigators said. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Two motorcyclists die in separate accidents on SH 99," 12 Aug. 2019 Stone said, pointing to piles of tools near the motorcycles stowed several feet from his couch. Sarah Ravani,, "Oakland shuttered artist warehouses after Ghost Ship. Cannabis may take the rest," 11 Aug. 2019 Chris Inagawa at the scene where in the distance utility lines were sagging across the roadway and the motorcycle laid across the opposite side of the roadway approximately 60 feet away. Santa Cruz Sentinel, The Mercury News, "Solo motorcycle collision kills rider in Santa Cruz Mountains," 9 Aug. 2019 Or to settle in at the curb where the motorcycles roll in, as if crossing Neptune’s red carpet. Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Have a California moment at Neptune’s Net, a landmark seafood shack in Malibu," 8 Aug. 2019 The Honda struck the doe and went into the west ditch and the Harley-Davidson tipped over, avoiding a collision with the deer and the other motorcycle. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Motorcycle passenger killed in western Minnesota crash," 6 Aug. 2019 The motorcycle collided with the front passenger side of the vehicle, Peach said. Cody Boteler,, "Police identify victim in fatal motorcycle collision in Reisterstown Monday morning," 5 Aug. 2019 The motorcyclist took evasive action in an attempt to avoid a crash with the motor vehicle, police said, and was thrown from the motorcycle. Emily Brindley,, "Motorcyclist seriously injured in East Haven crash," 4 Aug. 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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18 Aug 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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