- an early-model bicycle, especially one with hard rubber tires.
- any uncomfortable vehicle.
- a rough ride in a vehicle.
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There was a rapid growth in the size of the front wheel, which in the boneshaker normally measured 36 or 38 in.
- an early type of bicycle having solid tyres and no springs
- slang any decrepit or rickety vehicle
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