- a motor vehicle similar to a bicycle but usually larger and heavier, chiefly for one rider but sometimes having two saddles or an attached sidecar for passengers.
- to ride on or operate a motorcycle.
Origin of motorcycle
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With which confession Hooker resumed his tinkering on the motorcycle.
In the carriage house he sat down on the box beside his motorcycle.
He's got a motorcycle, you know, and would be apt to pace them.
By this time Ward on his motorcycle was abreast of the camp.
- Also called: motorbike a two-wheeled vehicle, having a stronger frame than a bicycle, that is driven by a petrol engine, usually with a capacity of between 125 cc and 1000 cc
- to ride on a motorcycle
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Word Origin and History for motorcycle
The horse follows the crooks of a country road, but then the training of the "motorcycle" (horrid name) will inevitably straighten out the crooks in the country road, and afford long ranges of straight tracks. [Payson Burleigh, "The Age of Steel," Oct. 12, 1895]
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