Crossword clues for bicycle
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Safety bicycle \Safety bicycle\ A bicycle with equal or nearly equal wheels, usually about 28 inches diameter, driven by pedals connected to the rear (driving) wheel by a multiplying gear. Since the 1930's this has been the most common type of bicycle, now simply called bicycle. The older high-wheelers are often referred to as bone-rattlers.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1868, coined from bi- "two" + Greek kyklos "circle, wheel" (see cycle (n.)), on the pattern of tricycle; both the word and the vehicle superseding earlier velocipede. The English word probably is not from French, though often said to be (many French sources say the French word is from English). The assumption apparently is because Pierre Lallement, employee of a French carriage works, improved Macmillan's 1839 pedal velocipede in 1865 and took the invention to America. See also pennyfarthing. As a verb, from 1869.\nThat ne plus ultra of snobbishness -- bicyclism. 
n. 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. 2 A traveling block used on a cable in skidding logs. 3 The best possible hand in lowball. 4 (context British AU NZ English) A motorbike. vb. To travel or exercise using a bicycle.
A bicycle, often called a bike or cycle, is a human-powered, pedal-driven, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A bicycle rider is called a cyclist, or bicyclist.
Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century in Europe and as of 2003, more than 1 billion have been produced worldwide, twice as many as the number of automobiles that have been produced. They are the principal means of transportation in many regions. They also provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for use as children's toys, general fitness, military and police applications, courier services, and bicycle racing.
The basic shape and configuration of a typical upright or "safety bicycle", has changed little since the first chain-driven model was developed around 1885. But many details have been improved, especially since the advent of modern materials and computer-aided design. These have allowed for a proliferation of specialized designs for many types of cycling.
The bicycle's invention has had an enormous effect on society, both in terms of culture and of advancing modern industrial methods. Several components that eventually played a key role in the development of the automobile were initially invented for use in the bicycle, including ball bearings, pneumatic tires, chain-driven sprockets, and tension-spoked wheels.
A bicycle is a two-wheeled, pedal-driven vehicle.
Bicycle or bicycles may also refer to:
- Bicycle (graph theory), a minimal graph that is not a pseudoforest
- An ace-to-five straight, a type of poker hand
- Bicycle Crunch, an abdominal exercise
- Bicycle kick, a way of kicking a ball in various sports
- Bicycle Playing Cards, a brand of the United States Playing Card Company
- "Bicycle", a song by the Nico Touches the Walls from the album Humania
- The Bicycles, a Canadian band
Usage examples of "bicycle".
The man was too awkward aiming, but he went instantly graceful when Rambo shot him, smoothly clutching his right shoulder, spinning easily, toppling perfectly over the bicycle next to the tool shed, and then he was awkward again as the bicycle gave way under him and the two jumbled to the ground in a tinny jangle of chain and spokes.
The man with all the pots and pans on his bicycle, the nun eating the baguette as she trundles along, the old woman shooing the geese, the businessman in his car eating a cake and attempting to look important.
It was a very confused bicycle and was shared by a man called Barbery with his wife and if you ever laid your eye on big Mrs.
The bicyclette had the pedals fixed to drive the back wheel by the ingenious use of a chain and sprocket wheel, and so was not, strictly speaking, a bicycle at all.
Stuart Buffin and his crony Miles, wild with joy at having carried the day, dashed for their bicycles.
Traffic streamed into town, cars and buses, but the most common vehicles were bicycles and matatus, the clapped-out minibuses discarded by the safari companies and now carrying as many as twenty-five passengers in spaces designed for eight.
Moon said when the cabbie parked in a lot occupied by scores of bicycles and a couple of dozen cars and trucks.
Pei then rode 25 miles on a bicycle to the Cenozoic Research Laboratory, where he presented the skull to Black.
Nyonya Cycler and her native clerk bumped the bicycle down the wooden steps between them.
Prosper Donge, on his bike, peacefully crossed the Bois de Boulogne, went over the Pont de Saint-Cloud, and got off his bicycle to walk up the steep road to his house.
We left Takai on Wednesday, I in my old friend the doolie, Boggley on his bicycle.
And the two of them sang the Bicycling Song, as Ern called it, at the tops of their voices, pedalling in strict time to the rhythm of the lines!
The bicycle ran truly and faultlessly beneath me, every part of her functioning with precision, her gentle saddle-springs giving unexceptionable consideration to my weight on the undulations of the road.
Since the total outlay was 135 percent, Calvin remedied the situation by letting the Mercedes be repossessed and buying a secondhand gearless Schwinn bicycle which he rode back and forth to work.
They were also the only two fish out of water since both were in civilian clothes and Gleed missed his uniform, Harrison felt naked without his bicycle.