Bicycle



a vehicle with two wheels in tandem, usually propelled by pedals connected to the rear wheel by a chain, and having handlebars for steering and a saddlelike seat.
to ride a bicycle.
to ship or transport directly by bicycle or other means.
Contemporary Examples

Bill Cunningham: Through the Lens of a Style King Justin Jones March 13, 2014
Pryor Dodge’s Two-Wheeled Obsession Is Now a Museum of Bike History Anthony Haden-Guest September 14, 2014
Superstorm Who? Sandy’s Hard-Hit Beach Towns Reopen for Business Eliza Shapiro, Josh Dzieza May 24, 2013
Pryor Dodge’s Two-Wheeled Obsession Is Now a Museum of Bike History Anthony Haden-Guest September 14, 2014
A New Era in Urban Bicycling Rob Forbes September 3, 2010

Historical Examples

Man and Maid E. (Edith) Nesbit
The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
Continuous Vaudeville Will M. Cressy
The Missionary George Griffith
The Cat and Fiddle Book Lady Florence Bell

noun
a vehicle with a tubular metal frame mounted on two spoked wheels, one behind the other. The rider sits on a saddle, propels the vehicle by means of pedals that drive the rear wheel through a chain, and steers with handlebars on the front wheel Often shortened to cycle, (informal) bike
verb
(intransitive) to ride a bicycle; cycle
n.

That ne plus ultra of snobbishness — bicyclism. [1876]

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