Definitions for bicycleˈbaɪ sɪ kəl, -ˌsɪk əl, -ˌsaɪ kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bi•cy•cleˈbaɪ sɪ kəl, -ˌsɪk əl, -ˌsaɪ kəl(n.; v.)-cled, -cling.

  1. (n.)a vehicle with two wheels in tandem, pedals connected to the rear wheel by a chain, handlebars for steering, and a saddlelike seat.

    Category: Transportation

  2. (v.i.)to ride a bicycle.

    Category: Transportation

Origin of bicycle:

1865–70; < F; see bi -1, cycle

bi′cy•clist(n.)

bi′cy•cler(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bicycle, bike, wheel, cycle(verb)

    a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals

  2. bicycle, cycle, bike, pedal, wheel(verb)

    ride a bicycle

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bicycle(noun)ˈbaɪ sɪ kəl, -ˌsɪk əl, -ˌsaɪ kəl

    a vehicle with two wheels and pedals; = bike

    to ride a bicycle

Wiktionary

  1. bicycle(Noun)

    A vehicle that has two wheels, one behind the other, a steering handle, and a saddle seat or seats and is usually propelled by the action of a rideru2019s feet upon pedals.

  2. bicycle(Noun)

    A traveling block used on a cable in skidding logs.

  3. bicycle(Noun)

    The best possible hand in lowball.

  4. bicycle(Verb)

    To travel or exercise using a bicycle.

  5. Origin: Often said to be from French, but probably coined from bi- ("two") + κύκλος on the pattern of tricycle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bicycle(noun)

    a light vehicle having two wheels one behind the other. It has a saddle seat and is propelled by the rider's feet acting on cranks or levers

Freebase

  1. Bicycle

    A bicycle, often called a bike, is a human-powered, pedal-driven, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A bicycle rider is called a cyclist, or bicyclist. Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century in Europe and now number more than a billion worldwide, twice as many as automobiles. They are the principal means of transportation in many regions. They also provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for use as children's toys, general fitness, military and police applications, courier services, and bicycle racing. The basic shape and configuration of a typical upright, or safety bicycle, has changed little since the first chain-driven model was developed around 1885. But many details have been improved, especially since the advent of modern materials and computer-aided design. These have allowed for a proliferation of specialized designs for many types of cycling. The bicycle's invention has had an enormous effect on society, both in terms of culture and of advancing modern industrial methods. Several components that eventually played a key role in the development of the automobile were invented for the bicycle, including ball bearings, pneumatic tires, chain-driven sprockets, and tension-spoked wheels.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bicycle' in Nouns Frequency: #2787


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

bicycle(noun)

(often abbreviated to bike

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