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 Last week, Medicine Wheel rider Lavinia Yonnie tied a red ribbon to her motorcycle in honor of Jamie. Nienke Onneweer, The Arizona Republic, "Families, friends gather to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls," 6 May 2021 Passalacqua finds relaxation and inspiration while riding his motorcycle, as well as hiking and kayaking with his wife Katie Saylor and their black Lab mix named Norman. Julie Washington, cleveland, "‘Every transport is different’: Cleveland Clinic paramedic Michael Passalacqua transports critically ill patients: Healthcare Heroes," 3 May 2021 Matthews stopped on the west edge of North Point and was trying to help Day, police said, when William Collazo-Brown drove by on his motorcycle heading south, striking both. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Police: Off-duty Baltimore County officer charged with DUI after his motorcycle strikes and kills two pedestrians in Dundalk," 2 May 2021 The man struck a curb, lost control, and was thrown from his motorcycle coming to rest on Harrison Avenue, according to police. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, "Police say a man is facing life-threatening injuries after crashing motorcycle on Boudinot Avenue," 1 May 2021 Nelson was driving a 2006 Harley Davidson south on Arkansas 7 around 3:20 p.m., when his motorcycle left the road on the west side and traveled approximately 36 feet, before striking a bluff, troopers said. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Crashes in north Arkansas fatal to 2 motorcyclists, troopers say," 27 Apr. 2021 In a release, FHP spokesperson Lt. Kim Montes said troopers are also searching for the person who removed his motorcycle from the scene after the crash. Katie Rice,, "Teen motorcyclist killed in Orange County accident, FHP says," 27 Apr. 2021 Just like Apple's beginnings were in a Los Altos garage, brothers Walter and Arthur Davidson and friend William Harley finished their first motorcycle in the Davidson family’s 10-by-15 backyard shed. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are 23 things we love about Milwaukee in honor of its 175th year as a city," 14 Apr. 2021 Barnes was ejected from his motorcycle, police said, and though his companion had begun to administer CPR when first responders arrived, he was declared deceased at the scene., "Motorcyclist, 32, killed in Chesterton head-on crash," 12 Apr. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Motorcycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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