A bike is a pedal-powered two-wheeled vehicle. If you don't have time to walk to work, you might decide to ride your bike instead.

Bike is shorthand for a bicycle or a motorbike. A bike enthusiast might keep a bike rack on her car and a bike helmet in her trunk at all times. Bike is also a verb, so you could say: "I'll bike over to the movie theater — meet you there in fifteen minutes!" This word, as a nickname for bicycle, first appeared in American English in 1882. It came to mean "motorcycle" about 50 years later.

Definitions of bike

n a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals

bicycle, 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

n a motor vehicle with two wheels and a strong frame

minibike, motorbike
small motorcycle with a low frame and small wheels and elevated handlebars
dirt bike, scrambler, trail bike
a lightweight motorcycle equipped with rugged tires and suspension; an off-road motorcycle designed for riding cross country or over unpaved ground
a motorbike that can be pedaled or driven by a low-powered gasoline engine
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automotive vehicle, motor vehicle
a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails

v ride a bicycle

bicycle, cycle, pedal, wheel
ride a unicycle
pedal backwards on a bicycle
Type of:
be carried or travel on or in a vehicle

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