May 11, 2013
- bicycle (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : a light vehicle with two wheels behind one another, handlebars, a saddle seat, and pedals by which it is made to move
- How do you use it?
- Our art teacher, Mr. Scott, is an avid cyclist and he rides his bicycle to school even in the winter.
- Are you a word wiz?
The bicycle was invented in the mid-1800s, and soon after the word "bicycle" appeared in print for the first time. What else do you think was invented around that same time?You're flying high if you chose D! The bicycle dates back to the 1830s, and within a short time the word "bicycle" entered English. Adopted from French, "bicycle" is a combination of the prefix "bi-," meaning "two," and Greek "kyklos," meaning "wheel." Not long after the invention of the bicycle, a nonpowered heavier-than-air craft capable of sustained flight was introduced and came to be known as a "glider." This aircraft sense of "glider" was a specific use of an already common word. "Glider" is a descendant of Old English "glidan," meaning "to glide," and has been used since the 15th century to mean generally someone or something that glides.