Definition of velocipede in English:


Line breaks: vel¦oci|pede
Pronunciation: /vɪˈlɒsɪpiːd


1An early form of bicycle propelled by working pedals on cranks fitted to the front axle.
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  • Fitzpatrick refers to reports of early ‘velocipedes’ being used for this purpose in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, when the bicycle industry was barely out of its infancy.
  • He takes us from the French pushbike or draisine of 1816 through boneshakers and penny-farthings to the English velocipedes of the 1880s.
  • By 1863, attaching cranks and pedals to the front wheel of the hobby horse had produced the velocipede, commonly known as the boneshaker.
1.1US A child’s tricycle.


early 19th century: from French vélocipède, from Latin velox, veloc- 'swift' + pes, ped- 'foot'.



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  • Another big problem for would-be velocipedists was the state of the roads: they were so rutted that it was impossible to balance for long.
  • There were exaggerated complaints about irresponsible velocipedists, but there was also official support for the ‘feedless horse’.
  • It being a delightful afternoon, the path was chock full of Sunday strollers, rollerbladers and fellow velocipedists.

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