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bike1

[bahyk] /baɪk/
noun
1.
Informal.
  1. a bicycle.
  2. a motorbike.
  3. a motorcycle.
2.
Harness Racing. a sulky with tires like those of a bicycle.
verb (used without object), biked, biking.
3.
to ride a bike:
I bike to work.
Idioms
4.
get off one's bike, Australian Informal. to lose control of oneself or become angry.
Origin of bike1
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; alteration of bicycle

bike2

[bahyk] /baɪk/
noun, Scot. and North England.
1.
a colony, nest, or swarm of wild bees, wasps, or hornets.
2.
a teeming crowd; swarm of people.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English, equivalent to *bi bee (< Old Norse bȳ bee1) + *yeke, Old English gēoc help, safety
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Examples from the Web for bike
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  • If you don't, I'll—I'll go on the bike—feminine equivalent to the drink.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Besides, you would be as much as I could carry with my bike, you know.

  • But what about a Lilia Godiva, quite naked on her bike, like the other on her horse?

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • And poor Glass-Eye attended to the bike, at the risk of putting out her other eye.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • To-morrow,” she said to Glass-Eye, “to-morrow I will fetch my bike.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
British Dictionary definitions for bike

bike1

/baɪk/
noun, verb
1.
(informal) short for bicycle, motorcycle
2.
(Brit, slang) on your bike, away you go
3.
(Austral & NZ, slang) get off one's bike, to lose one's self-control
noun
4.
(slang) a promiscuous woman: the town bike

bike2

/bəɪk; baɪk/
noun
1.
a wasps' or bees' nest
verb (intransitive)
2.
to swarm
Word Origin
C14: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bike
n.

1882, American English, shortened and altered form of bicycle.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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