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motorcycle

[ moh-ter-sahy-kuhl ]
/ 藞mo蕣 t蓹r藢sa瑟 k蓹l /
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noun
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.
verb (used without object), mo路tor路cy路cled, mo路tor路cy路cling.
to ride on or operate a motorcycle.
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Origin of motorcycle

An Americanism dating back to 1890鈥95; motor + cycle

OTHER WORDS FROM motorcycle

mo路tor路cy路clist [moh-ter-sahy-klist], /藞mo蕣 t蓹r藢sa瑟 kl瑟st/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for motorcycle

motorcycle
/ (藞m蓹蕣t蓹藢sa瑟kl) /

noun
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
verb (intr)
to ride on a motorcycle

Derived forms of motorcycle

motorcyclist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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