Definition of bicycle in English:

bicycle

Line breaks: bi|cycle
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌɪsɪk(ə)l
 
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noun

A vehicle consisting of two wheels held in a frame one behind the other, propelled by pedals and steered with handlebars attached to the front wheel.
More 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, with adverbial of direction] Back to top  
Ride a bicycle: they spent the holidays bicycling around the beautiful Devonshire countryside
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

bicyclist

noun
More 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.

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