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

  • n. A tricycle.
  • n. Any of several early bicycles having pedals attached to the front wheel.
  • n. An early bicycle propelled by pushing the feet along the ground while straddling the vehicle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Early two-wheeled conveyance upon which one rode astride a wooden frame propelled by means of pushing the feet against the ground
  • n. Generic term for three and four-wheeled machines driven by foot or hand levers to the rear or front axle
  • n. a late-1860s bicycle driven by cranks on the front axle
  • n. a bicycle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light road carriage propelled by the feet of the rider. Originally it was propelled by striking the tips of the toes on the roadway, but commonly now by the action of the feet on a pedal or pedals connected with the axle of one or more of the wheels, and causing their revolution. They are made in many forms, with two, three, or four wheels. See bicycle, and tricycle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An electric jib-crane which runs on a single track and is held upright by the post running between two rails at the top.
  • n. A light vehicle or carriage, with two wheels or three, impelled by the rider.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several early bicycles with pedals on the front wheel
  • n. a vehicle with three wheels that is moved by foot pedals


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

French vélocipède : Latin vēlōx, vēlōc-, fast; see velocity + Latin pēs, ped-, foot; see -ped.

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From Latin veloci dative singular of velox ("swift") + ped ("foot")



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  • From the Wikipedia article “Velocipede”. (Click to distend. N.B.: The image is captioned in German.) See also manuped, tandem tricycle, and monocycle.

    October 7, 2011

  • In addition, velocipede is applied to persons who move swiftly (Oxford English Dictionary).

    July 26, 2011

  • This sounds like a pokemon.

    October 1, 2007

  • from Louisa May Alcott's "An Old Fashioned Girl."

    October 1, 2007

  • Precisely. Especially a cousin with those big claws that can slice open prey. ;)

    February 4, 2007

  • Or a very fast moving cousin of the centipede.

    February 4, 2007

  • an early bicycle (the kind with the giant front wheel and tiny back one)

    February 4, 2007