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 unicyclist (audio) \ noun

Examples of unicycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 But more niche electric transport modes like electric unicycles have also gotten a hearty welcome here. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Fentanyl epidemic worsens in San Francisco," 24 June 2019 Two awe-inspiring virtuosos (Philippe Bélanger and Marie-Lee Guilbert) careen and balance on a single moving unicycle. Washington Post, "In ‘Volta,’ Cirque du Soleil riffs on street sports," 29 July 2019 The precursor to the Grand Floral Parade, the Junior Parade focuses on school marching bands, karate schools, dance troupes, unicycle clubs and other local youth activity groups. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Dancers and bands strut stuff at Fred Meyer Junior Parade," 5 June 2019 Among Goedert’s accomplishments is his mastery of the unicycle, which apparently is kind of a thing in South Dakota. Les Bowen, Philly.com, "Size of Eagles' NFL draft pick Dallas Goedert's hometown made football a challenge," 28 Apr. 2018 These batteries have also benefited other electric transportation devices like motorized skateboards and unicycles. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 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

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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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17 Jan 2020

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“Unicycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unicycle. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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