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

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The sprout route: for under 6 years old, usually with training wheels. Linda Gandee/special To,, "There’s still time to register for the 6th annual Project Pedal in Bay Village this weekend," 10 June 2019 Behind the banana seat of my tiny turquoise bicycle, my father installed squeaky metal training wheels to help me gain balance and confidence. Cathy Garrard, Redbook, ""When Your Father Believes in You, You Can Do Anything"," 24 May 2018 The Miata is the sports-car version of training wheels. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Nails Introducing The Poppy, a new at-home manicure tool that's like training wheels for your nail polish. Amber Kallor, Allure, "Olive & June's New Tool Made Painting My Nails at Home So Much Easier," 14 Mar. 2019 Smart speakers, like training wheels, are getting people more used to talking to their devices. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 The economy now seems resilient enough to continue without the training wheels of extraordinary monetary or fiscal policies. Daniel J. Arbess, WSJ, "Investors, Look Up From Your Algorithms," 28 Oct. 2018 The track, which many kids learn to ride a bike with training wheels, but at the Lexus Velodrome on Mack Avenue in Detroit, kids ages 3-17 can ride on a track at a 50-degree angle. Grace Reyes, Detroit Free Press, "Lexus Velodrome in Detroit offering free weekly summer camps for kids," 10 July 2018 The event is open to children and adults, but anyone under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult and no tricycles or training wheels are allowed. Hayley Harding, Courant Community, "Here's Everything You Need To Know For Celebrate! West Hartford This Weekend," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of training wheels

1950, in the meaning defined above

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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

noun plural

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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