uni·​cy·​cle | \ˈyü-ni-ˌsī-kəl \

Definition of unicycle 

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

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Other Words from unicycle

unicyclist \ ˈyü-​ni-​ˌsī-​k(ə-​)list \ noun

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Wood also developed a self-balancing unicycle with his own company, Focus Designs, nearly a decade ago, and even appeared on Shark Tank to pitch the idea. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Mark Cuban’s hoverboard company has gone up in smoke," 26 Sep. 2018 Watching a woman who makes breastfeeding look easy is like watching someone ride a unicycle. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "Motherhood Is Having a Moment—but I'm Not Loving It as Much as You'd Think," 24 July 2018 The son of a Fuji Film executive, Yamaguchi grew up riding unicycles and juggling flaming torches as a street performer in Tokyo. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012 Ryan Dao started using an electric unicycle last year to cut down on his commute time. Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times, "One-wheel wonders on Seattle sidewalks: Meet one of the ‘e-riders’," 12 Jan. 2018 But so do plenty of neighborhoods, so check your street for kids on bikes and Uncle Sam riding a unicycle. Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Four things to know for the Fourth of July in Houston," 3 July 2018 On Tuesday, Cirque du Soleil performers Philippe Belanger and Marie-Lee Guilbert brought out their unicycle for a free, 10-minute performance that made this undertaking look easy. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Photos: Cirque du Soleil unicycle duo performs free shows at iconic spots across Philadelphia," 5 June 2018 Clint estimated 45,000 spectators turned out for the 2017 Junior Parade to see 4,000 to 5,000 participants, including marching bands, karate schools, dance troupes and unicycle clubs. Lizzy Acker, OregonLive.com, "The Rose Festival Junior Parade turns 100," 21 May 2018 Circus camp activities include silk climbing, the trapeze, the Spanish web (a rope and spinning activity), Lyra (aerial hoops), Diablo (Chinese yo-yo), the unicycle, juggling, plate spinning, tumbling and acrobatics and more. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Circus camp teaches kids more than about clowning around: 'They're building their confidence'," 18 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of unicycle

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

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