- a vehicle, usually having two or three wheels, that is propelled by the rider.
- an early kind of bicycle or tricycle.
- a light, three-wheeled, pedal-driven vehicle for railway inspection, used for carrying one person on a railroad track.
Origin of velocipede
1810–20; < French vélocipède bicycle, equivalent to véloci- (< Latin, stem of vēlōx quick) + -pède -ped
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Examples from the Web for velocipede
Yes, and the velocipede; you've got the scar of that yet, I see.An Old-fashioned Girl
Louisa May Alcott
They were standing in the door, just outside which, on the sidewalk, was a velocipede.The Pleasant Street Partnership
Mary F. Leonard
The "draisena" was the forerunner of the velocipede and bicycle.
Don't you want us to raise the velocipede, so you can ride some more?The Rival Campers Ashore
Ruel Perley Smith
If desired, this toy may be made up with three wheels like a velocipede.Toy Craft
Leon H. Baxter
- an early form of bicycle propelled by pushing along the ground with the feet
- any early form of bicycle or tricycle
C19: from French vélocipède, from Latin vēlōx swift + pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for velocipede
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