uni·​cy·​cle | \ ˈyü-ni-ˌsī-kəl How to pronounce unicycle (audio) \

Definition of unicycle

: a vehicle that has a single wheel and is usually propelled by pedals

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unicyclist \ ˈyü-​ni-​ˌsī-​k(ə-​)list How to pronounce unicycle (audio) \ noun

Examples of unicycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web San Franciscans had taken over many miles of streets on foot, bicycles, scooters, roller skates and even a unicycle or two. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "SF street-closure activist’s coronavirus nightmare won’t end his car-free dream," 14 Aug. 2020 If Major League Baseball is a teetering Jenga tower, as Yahoo columnist Dan Wetzel wrote, the NFL is Red Panda on her unicycle tossing fine China in the air. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford's stint on COVID-19 list shows just how fragile football is," 1 Aug. 2020 The company has introduced a compact electric unicycle and electric roller skates. Johnny Diaz, BostonGlobe.com, "Segway to end production of its original personal transporter," 24 June 2020 The relentless assault moves from rowboat to unicycle to biplane. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'We're not doing guns': Elmer Fudd loses his rifle in HBO's 'Looney Tunes' cartoon reboot," 8 June 2020 Brian Kidd, the Portland man better known as his unicycle-riding bagpipe playing alter-ego, the Unipiper, was hit by a car Thursday morning while riding his bike through the Buckman neighborhood. Andrew Theen | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Unipiper hit while riding – on 2 wheels - on SE Portland bike-friendly street," 13 Dec. 2019 There will be acrobats and aerial performers who will perform tricks on unicycles and dangle from hanging ladders under a big circus top parked outside the mall. Washington Post, "16 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 25 July 2019 With all that going on, Big Bird was required to skate, ride horseback, pedal a unicycle, and perform other athletic feats. BostonGlobe.com, "And while he did not invent “Sesame Street” or the Muppet family, that distinction belonged to the late Jim Henson, Mr. Spinney played an outsized role in their success. For half a century, he portrayed two of the show’s most beloved characters, Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch.," 8 Dec. 2019 Two percent occurred in electric vehicles while another 11 percent were caused buy other electric transportation products, including electric unicycles. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Rechargeable batteries in your favorite devices can ignite and burn down your house," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unicycle

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unicycle

uni- + -cycle (as in tricycle)

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The first known use of unicycle was in 1869

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“Unicycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unicycle. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unicycle

: a vehicle that is similar to a bicycle but has only one wheel

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