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bike

Syllabification: bike
Pronunciation: /bīk
 
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Definition of bike in English:

noun

A bicycle or motorcycle: I’m going by bike [as modifier]: a bike ride
More example sentences
  • His best freebie has been a mountain bike and a bike rack for his car.
  • It's no secret that eBay has become one of the hottest spots on the Internet to buy and sell used bikes and bike gear.
  • There is also a fun ride where the citizens of Hamburg can ride their bikes around a set course in the city streets.

verb

[no object] informal Back to top  
Ride a bicycle or motorcycle: we hope to encourage as many people as possible to bike to work (as noun biking) the terrain is perfect for biking
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  • Falconry displays, American cheerleaders, Quad biking and train rides will also feature.
  • Avoid driving whenever possible by walking, biking, using public transit, or car-pooling.
  • These are real and possible threats while biking along a suburban city paved bike and hike trail.

Origin

late 19th century: abbreviation.

More
  • bicycle from (mid 19th century):

    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.

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