training wheels

plural noun

Definition of training wheels

: a pair of small wheels connected to the rear axle of a bicycle to help a beginning bicyclist maintain balance

Examples of training wheels in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the brutal novel coronavirus ravages the country, resulting in record-setting case counts and overflowing intensive care units, MLB is only now putting on the training wheels and testing the logistics of staging a season amid a pandemic. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: It's a Fourth of July without Major League Baseball -- and perhaps that's a good thing," 4 July 2020 Arizona State ranked 1oth overall in total offense in the Pac-12 last season, so expect that to improve substantially by taking off the training wheels in a sense. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Pac-12 quarterback rankings for 2020: Jayden Daniels or Kedon Slovis debate continues," 9 June 2020 The training wheels, not just on a bike, are removed. oregonlive, "For Aloha High mom, graduation week brings sting of missed milestones: Hallman at Large," 8 June 2020 Think of them first as training wheels, and second as a fail-safe backup. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "How to Master Shooting a Red-Dot Sight on Your Handgun," 10 Apr. 2020 Speaking to reporters via conference call on Thursday, Stepan said he's been around to watch his son, Max, who will turn 5 in October, start to ride a bike — albeit with training wheels — for the first time. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Season pause affording Arizona Coyotes center Derek Stepan more time with family," 2 Apr. 2020 Vitali Mourzakhanov arrived at a nearby playground with his 2-year-old daughter on a bicycle with training wheels. New York Times, "Cooped-Up Children Lose Refuge as N.Y.C. Playgrounds Are Closed," 1 Apr. 2020 But Johnson’s had nearly four months to get the training wheels out from under him. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Progress report: Where each Louisville basketball player can improve during March Madness," 9 Mar. 2020 Bob Chapek essentially has training wheels on for the next two years. New York Times, "What Companies Are Telling Employees About the Coronavirus," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of training wheels

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Training wheels.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of training wheels

US : a small pair of extra wheels that are added to a child's bicycle so that the bicycle can be balanced more easily while the child is learning to ride it

training wheels

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Kids Definition of training wheels

: a pair of small wheels connected to the rear axle of a bicycle to help a beginning rider keep balance

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