American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A vehicle consisting of a light frame mounted on two wire-spoked wheels one behind the other and having a seat, handlebars for steering, brakes, and two pedals or a small motor by which it is driven.
- n. An exercise bicycle.
- v. To ride or travel on a bicycle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A modification of the two-wheeled velocipede (which see). The velocipede of 1869 was worked by treadles operating cranks on the axle of the front wheel. This was modified by greatly increasing the relative size of the driving-wheel and bringing the rider directly over it. Later the “safety” bicycle was introduced, in which the wheels were made of more nearly equal size, and for the direct action upon the front wheel was substituted indirect action upon the rear wheel, by means of a chain and sprocket-wheels, the diameters of the sprocket-wheels being so proportioned as to compensate the decrease in size of the driving-wheel.
- To ride on a bicycle.
- n. A traveling block used on a cable in steam-skidding.
- n. A vehicle that has two wheels, one behind the other, a steering handle, and a saddle seat or seats and is usually propelled by the action of a rider’s feet upon pedals.
- n. A traveling block used on a cable in skidding logs.
- n. The best possible hand in lowball.
- v. To travel or exercise using a bicycle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A light vehicle having two wheels one behind the other. It has a saddle seat and is propelled by the rider's feet acting on cranks or levers.
- n. a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
- v. ride a bicycle
- From bi- (“two”) + Ancient Greek κύκλος (kuklos, "circle, wheel"), on the pattern of tricycle. (The English word is sometimes said to derive from French, but this is probably incorrect; French sources say the French word derives from English.) (Wiktionary)
- Probably bi-1 + -cycle (on the model of tricycle, three-wheeled coach). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That said, she steps over to the railing where her own bike, as in bicycle, is securely chained and waiting.”
“Eventually, bicyclette replaced the French word bicycle.”
“Riding your bicycle is a totally Freeing Experience:”
“The fact that a unicycle lacks certain components of a bicycle does not mean that the bicycle is therefore not irreducibly complex.”
“Today's Video: Astronaut Mike Gernhardt: Flying a submersible - just like riding a bicycle is the next entry in this blog.”
“If you live and work in a town of 100,000 or more, a bicycle is as fast as a car and parking is a nightmare.”
“Attached to the back of his bicycle is a cart with a steaming pot of tamales.”
“The history of the bicycle is a bit fuzzy, but historians generally agree that the modern bicycle was invented in the 1860s in France. 3 So when da Vinci was sketching this futuristic idea, the very words that we use to describe the modern bike - not only the word bicycle but pedals, brakes, crank drive, etc. - did not exist.”
“I would also like to pointed out that "build more roads" and "everyone rides bicycle" is a false duality and that dense walkable communities with efficient mass transit are much more responsible than endless sprawl. ivan”
“Are you sure the “cyclist” did not steal the bicycle from the stone thrower?”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘bicycle’.
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
includes words of the "Prodcom list"
Words that end like pickle. Listed here because they're funny (because they end like pickle).
Anything related to cycling; no motorcycling, please.
Inspired to publicity by the conversation at segway. Thanks, pals!
See also Things that taste better than they smell.
two; twice; every two; lasting two
English (dictionary*) words with both Latin and Greek components.
"Bilinguology" is not one of those words.
*I love madeupical word, but this list is adopted from angharad and I ...
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