Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An early form of the velocipede, invented in 1817 by Baron Karl von Drais of Mannheim in Germany, which was propelled by the rider's striking his feet on the ground. See velocipede. Sometimes spelled draisene.

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  • noun A light auxiliary rail vehicle (train) or tram.

Etymologies

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From the name of the Baron Karl Drais, who invented a predecessor to the bicycle.

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  • The earliest kind of bicycle, named after its inventor, Baron von Drais of Sauerbrun. (He called it a swiftwalker; others called it a dandy-horse)

    July 9, 2008