A bicycle is a two-wheeled vehicle that's propelled by foot pedals and steered with handlebars. They say you never forget how to ride a bicycle once you learn.

When you travel to places like Amsterdam and Beijing you'll see people of all ages using bicycles as their major form of transportation. The word bicycle is also a verb, as in "I think I'll bicycle over to the bakery and buy some muffins." The word bicycle was coined in the 19th century from a combination of the Greek bi, or "two," and kyklos, "wheel."

Definitions of bicycle
  1. noun
    a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
    synonyms: bike, cycle, wheel
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    bicycle-built-for-two, tandem, tandem bicycle
    a bicycle with two sets of pedals and two seats
    all-terrain bike, mountain bike, off-roader
    a bicycle with a sturdy frame and fat tires; originally designed for riding in mountainous country
    ordinary, ordinary bicycle
    an early bicycle with a very large front wheel and small back wheel
    a bicycle that must be pedaled
    safety bicycle, safety bike
    bicycle that has two wheels of equal size; pedals are connected to the rear wheel by a multiplying gear
    any of several early bicycles with pedals on the front wheel
    type of:
    wheeled vehicle
    a vehicle that moves on wheels and usually has a container for transporting things or people
  2. verb
    ride a bicycle
    synonyms: bike, cycle, pedal, wheel
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    ride a unicycle
    pedal backwards on a bicycle
    type of:
    be carried or travel on or in a vehicle
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