bicycle

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A bicycle

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French bicycle (modern bicyclette), from bi- (bi-; two) +‎ cycle (cycle). First attested in English in 1868, and in French in 1847.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbaɪsɪkl̩/
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  • Hyphenation: bi‧cy‧cle

NounEdit

bicycle (plural bicycles)

  1. 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.
    Synonyms: bike (clipping), pushbike, velocipede (historical); see also Thesaurus:bicycle
    Hypernym: cycle
    • 1882, “Principle in Small Things”, in Popular Science Monthly, volume 22, page 274:
      In most English villages, as we are informed, bicycles are not allowed on the sidewalks; and the hand-books issued by English manufacturers of bicycles caution their customers that it is a forbidden practice, while in many places bells have to be attached to the bicycles even when ridden in the streets.
  2. A traveling block used on a cable in skidding logs.
  3. The best possible hand in lowball.
  4. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand) A motorbike.
  5. (vulgar slang, usually in compounds specifying a context) a slut; a promiscuous woman
    • 2002, Minette Walters, Fox Evil, Macmillan, page 162-3:
      ‘What sort of bullying does this sergeant go in for?’ ‘Character assassination,’ she said in a matter-of-fact tone that belied the very real difficulties it was causing her. ‘There’s a lot of whispering about slags and tarts behind my back and sniggers whenever I appear. Half of the men seem to think I’m a dyke who needs curing, the other half think I’m the platoon bicycle. [...]’

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VerbEdit

bicycle (third-person singular simple present bicycles, present participle bicycling, simple past and past participle bicycled)

  1. (intransitive) To travel or exercise using a bicycle.
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bicycle m (plural bicycles)

  1. bicycle
    Synonym: bicyclette

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