Definition of bicycle in English:

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bicycle

Pronunciation: /ˈbīsək(ə)l/

noun

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A vehicle composed of two wheels held in a frame one behind the other, propelled by pedals and steered with handlebars attached to the front wheel.
Example sentences
  • One difference is that a bus has many wheels whereas a bicycle has only two wheels.
  • I would be only too pleased to have bicycles passing my front door rather than noisy, speeding vehicles.
  • An 11 year old boy fell off his bicycle and sustained a handlebar injury to his upper abdomen.
Synonyms

verb

[no object]
Ride a bicycle in a particular direction: they had spent the day bicycling around the island
More example sentences
  • All of these articles have one main point in common; don't let back pain keep you from bicycling.
  • They are not only functional for bicycling, but for any activity where you are going to work up a sweat.
  • The best moment is when he is bicycling around his airy grounds on an old-fashioned push-bike, his knees bobbing up and down as he pedals, and then has to brake to answer a call on his mobile phone.

Derivatives

bicyclist

Pronunciation: /ˈbīsəkləst/
noun
Example sentences
  • What else can the average bicyclist do to support bicycling infrastructure?
  • The invention of variable gearing enabled bicyclists and cars alike to change the speed of peak efficiency.
  • As a bicyclist, I am familiar with the handlebar tape used on racing bicycles, and I thought it might be useful to provide a better grip on my downtubes.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from bi- 'two' + Greek kuklos 'wheel'.

More
  • The velocipede (literally ‘rapid foot’) was the early form of bicycle, which is formed from bi- ‘two’ and Greek kuklos ‘wheel’. The abbreviation bike was not long to follow, in the late 19th century. A tricycle as a name for a three-wheeled coach drawn by two horses, dates from the 1820s, with the abbreviation trike appearing in the 1880s. Unicycle, from uni- ‘one’, was first recorded in the US in the 1860s.

Words that rhyme with bicycle

icicle, tricycle

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: bi·cy·cle

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