What does velocipede mean?

Definitions for velocipedevəˈlɒs əˌpid

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. velocipede(noun)

    any of several early bicycles with pedals on the front wheel

  2. tricycle, trike, velocipede(noun)

    a vehicle with three wheels that is moved by foot pedals


  1. velocipede(Noun)

    Early two-wheeled conveyance upon which one rode astride a wooden frame propelled by means of pushing the feet against the ground

  2. velocipede(Noun)

    Generic term for three and four-wheeled machines driven by foot or hand levers to the rear or front axle

  3. velocipede(Noun)

    a late-1860s bicycle driven by cranks on the front axle

  4. velocipede(Noun)

    a bicycle

  5. Origin: From veloci dative singular of velox + ped

Webster Dictionary

  1. Velocipede(noun)

    a light road carriage propelled by the feet of the rider. Originally it was propelled by striking the tips of the toes on the roadway, but commonly now by the action of the feet on a pedal or pedals connected with the axle of one or more of the wheels, and causing their revolution. They are made in many forms, with two, three, or four wheels. See Bicycle, and Tricycle

  2. Origin: [L. velox, -ocis, swift + pes, pedis, a foot. See Velocity, and Foot.]


  1. Velocipede

    Velocipede is a human-powered land vehicle with one or more wheels. The most common type of velocipede today is the bicycle. The term was coined by Frenchman Nicéphore Niépce in 1818 to describe his version of the Laufmaschine, which was invented by the German Karl Drais in 1817. The term "velocipede" is today, however, mainly used as a collective term for the different forerunners of the monowheel, the unicycle, the bicycle, the dicycle, the tricycle and the quadracycle developed between 1817 and 1880.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Velocipede

    vē-los′i-pēd, n. a light vehicle originally moved by striking the toes on the road, now with a treadle—its developments are the bicycle and tricycle.—ns. Veloc′iman, a velocipede driven by hand; Velocipē′dean, Veloc′ipēdist, one who rides on a velocipede. [Fr.,—L. velox, velocis, swift, pes, pedis, foot.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Velocipede

    Three wheeled vehicle with bicycle-type 'USER' seat attached to the central frame. Foot pedals for propulsion by USER were attached to axle of a large diameter front wheel. Transverse handlebars attached to supporting fork of front wheel enabled steering. Two trailing wheels on transverse rear axle supported the rear of the frame. Also known as the 'tricycle' was manufactured in size and sturdy construction for use by youths and adults. Became popular for Senior Citizen devotees. Vulgarizations of vehicle; Trike, Tryke, Tricycle:


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of velocipede in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of velocipede in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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