from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shield over or behind a vehicle's wheel to prevent mud or water from splashing onto that vehicle or a following vehicle. Also called splashguard.

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  • n. a cover over the wheels of a vehicle, or a flap behind that wheel, to prevent water and mud being projected.

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  • n. a curved piece above the wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle to protect the rider from water or mud thrown up by the wheels


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  • Btw, my husband and his siblings + cousins call this dish 'mudguard'.

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  • The Streetfighter will be available Spring 2009 in either red or white with a black frame and grey wheels, the S will come in red or black with a bronze frame and wheels as well as a carbon fiber front mudguard and cambelt covers.

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  • We would have expected a bit more clearance for chubbier, sportive-friendly tyres 25s or maybe even 28s and single mudguard eyelets also wouldn't hurt – performance is never compromised with slightly larger tyres, and the likelihood of a 566 Origin owner doing a wet brevet/grand fondo/sportive is high.

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  • "It's a classic shape, with a high sprung saddle, a big rear mudguard over the back wheel and open V-twin action," Mr. McGregor says.

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  • The new Vespa S, with its rectangular headlamp, trimmed down mudguard and racy-looking back light, is designed to appeal to Italian youths who have heard about the famous 50 Special model from parents or grandparents.

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  • But I knew that aside from some superficial damage—chipped paint, an ugly crack in the rear mudguard, rusted-through places in the exhaust pipe—the bike was in fine working condition.

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  • I asked the store to fit it with mudguards and a back rack, which they did - I got the rear mudguard and a bottle holder for free, and they didn't charge for mounting them.

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  • The chauffeur had got down and was examining his mudguard.

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  • Ofenstein had lowered the landing gear as a sign of surrender, so when Purner slid out the hatch he immediately wound up astride the mudguard, just above the lowered nose wheel.

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  • Tourists travelling to Mozambique have been warned to carry valid driver's licences as well as their vehicle registration forms, and to place an emergency triangle on the front mudguard of trailers.

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