two-cy·​cle ˈtü-ˈsī-kəl How to pronounce two-cycle (audio)
of an internal combustion engine
: having a 2-stroke cycle

Examples of two-cycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My mechanic suggests using a high-quality gas with some extra two-cycle oil over the amount recommended on the label to better protect the engine. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 25 June 2023 Automakers can chose between running a two-cycle test—where the data is multiplied by a standard 0.7 adjustment factor—or carrying out a five-cycle test in an attempt to earn a smaller reduction factor, making the label figure higher. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 22 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of two-cycle was in 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Two-cycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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