training wheels

plural noun

: 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 Cowboy, the boutique Belgian maker of e-bikes, is taking the training wheels off its On-Demand offering of ad hoc services previously being tested in just a few cities. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, 8 Feb. 2024 Learning how to ride a bike without training wheels, rollerblading, and cartwheeling are perfect opportunities for kids to practice being brave. Jenna Autuori-Dedic, Parents, 1 Feb. 2024 In a series of experiments, researchers scared grasshoppers using a robo-dinosaur with training wheels and flapping wings. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Jan. 2024 The moments are few and far between, thanks to the training wheels of a rookie ramp-up and an AC joint sprain that ended that rookie season after just 84 pass attempts. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Jan. 2024 When budget or storage space is an issue, some families may prefer to skip the balance bike altogether in favor of other learn-to-ride options like training wheels, or even simply removing pedals from a regular bike. Alesandra Dubin, Parents, 25 Nov. 2023 Instead of a bogeyman or a red flag, maybe Rand is just a set of training wheels, or a trellis on which characters can temporarily support their unfurling selves. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 This option from Schwinn comes with training wheels that can be removed as kids gain skills and confidence. Korin Miller,, 15 Nov. 2023 San Diego, at this point, is not a place for training wheels. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of training wheels was in 1950

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“Training wheels.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

training wheels

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