Meaning of “bicycle” in the English Dictionary

"bicycle" in British English

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bicyclenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbaɪ.sɪ.kəl/ us /ˈbaɪ.sə.kəl/

A2 a two-wheeled vehicle that you sit on and move by turning the two pedals (= flat parts you press with your feet):

I go to work by bicycle.
He got on his bicycle and rode off.
You should never ride your bicycle without lights at night.

More examples

  • I ride my bicycle to work.
  • The bicycle was resting against the wall.
  • a bicycle shed
  • I got my bag caught in the wheel of my bicycle.
  • She had no brakes on her bicycle.

(Definition of “bicycle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bicycle" in American English

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bicyclenoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɑɪ·sɪ·kəl/ also bike

a vehicle with two wheels and a seat for a rider whose feet push pedals around in circles to make the wheels turn:

He rides his bicycle to school.
verb [ I ] us /ˈbɑɪ·sɪ·kəl/

I saw you bicycling through town yesterday.

(Definition of “bicycle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)