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 Additionally, they will be deployed throughout downtown – on foot, bicycle, motorcycle and horseback. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "NFL Draft could jumpstart pandemic-stifled Cleveland hotels, restaurants, bars, Mayor Frank Jackson says," 27 Apr. 2021 Police said the driver of a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling in the 12000 block of White Cord Way at around 12:30 p.m. when the vehicle left the roadway and struck the garage of a residence. Erin Hardy,, "Man dies in motorcycle collision in Columbia; Howard police investigating," 26 Apr. 2021 The driver was wearing a black motorcycle helmet that matched one later seized inside Adams' residence. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, "Former NFL player allegedly left cellphone at scene of mass shooting: Warrants," 24 Apr. 2021 Deby's coffin, draped in a national flag, was carried on a military pickup truck flanked by a motorcycle escort. Reuters, CNN, "Thousands mourn Chad's president, rebels say their command hit by airstrike," 23 Apr. 2021 One was an itinerary for further adventures, including skydiving and a motorcycle trip through Europe. New York Times, "Matters of the Heart Precede Love and Marriage in Florida," 23 Apr. 2021 One person was killed in a crash Thursday afternoon involving a motorcycle and a truck in Hingham, police said., "One dead in collision between motorcycle and truck in Hingham," 22 Apr. 2021 Sosa had never been pulled over, but remembered driving past two Hialeah motorcycle officers recently., "Florida officers charged with issuing dozens of bogus traffic citations," 22 Apr. 2021 Breitling is also now the official timekeeper of the Deus Swank Rally, an epic motorcycle championship celebrating vintage motorcycles and taking place in different locations around the world. Roberta Naas, Forbes, "Adam Driver Talks About Time, The Marines And Making Movies With Lady Gaga And Matt Damon," 21 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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30 Apr 2021

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“Motorcycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 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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