: a bicycle with 10 gear combinations

Examples of ten-speed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Modest numbers for a 4,500-pound hauler, but Honda engineers tuned the ten-speed automatic to provide the best reflexes. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 22 Aug. 2023 There are also two transmissions to pick between, too—a six-speed manual and a ten-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 15 May 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'ten-speed.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ten-speed was in 1971

Dictionary Entries Near ten-speed

Cite this Entry

“Ten-speed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ten-speed. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a bicycle with ten possible combinations of gears

More from Merriam-Webster on ten-speed

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!