Main definitions of bike in English

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bike1

noun

  • A bicycle or motorcycle.

    ‘my friends and I would ride our bikes’
    ‘I'm going by bike’
    [as modifier] ‘a bike ride’
    • ‘After the ride we did another wash and loaded the bikes and we were soon off to Trenton.’
    • ‘There is also a fun ride where the citizens of Hamburg can ride their bikes around a set course in the city streets.’
    • ‘As September approached, the girls began to talk about riding their bikes to school.’
    • ‘He was a keen motorcyclist who had been riding bikes since the age of 16.’
    • ‘It's no secret that eBay has become one of the hottest spots on the Internet to buy and sell used bikes and bike gear.’
    • ‘It was followed by a bike change, as his gears had been damaged, and a second chase.’
    • ‘The same logic says that it's smarter to buy a bike from a bike shop than from Canadian Tire or Zellers.’
    • ‘Cyclists shave grams off their bikes as though they're preparing to launch them to Mars.’
    • ‘His best freebie has been a mountain bike and a bike rack for his car.’
    • ‘To mountain bike is not to own a mountain bike and cycle along cycle paths, but to own a bike and cycle around mountains.’
    • ‘Fast moving and reckless, these drivers can be found on cars, bikes and bicycles.’
    • ‘We are real people who are doing a job just like anyone else; we just get paid to ride our bikes.’
    • ‘To save money, they might leave their bikes in those glorified cycle racks in front of the main stands.’
    • ‘This child cannot rollerskate, play sports or ride bikes because the normal activity of children causes chronic sores.’
    • ‘Some people prefer adaptive bikes because they look more like normal bikes and are less expensive.’
    • ‘The local bike shops have been unable to fix it and don't seem to have any solid advice.’
    • ‘He said despite the one game agreement he told the meeting there had been occasions where it had been used four times a week and that children had been riding bikes across it.’
    • ‘It's like taking your hands off the handle bars of a bike while you're cycling.’
    • ‘Fundraisers can get on their bikes for sponsored cycle rides through the grounds of Longleat.’
    • ‘Typical models include mounts for two bikes, but additional mounts can be purchased separately.’
    • ‘The more conventional novelties included the first ever Blue Peter board game and mini BMX bikes that can be ridden with your fingers.’
    • ‘You can also hire bikes and cycle round the island taking in the breathtaking views of Arran on the way.’
    • ‘It means visually impaired people in Grimsby will have the chance to go out on a tandem bike with a sighted cyclist.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • 1 Ride a bicycle or motorcycle.

    ‘Danny bikes to the park and back every day’
    • ‘Some like to go biking in the mountains for instance.’
    • ‘Especially Yamaha - because the ad he features in is promising the ‘next revolution’ in biking.’
    • ‘Nothing is more satisfying than biking swiftly down Summit into the sunset… going nearly as fast as the cars.’
    • ‘These are real and possible threats while biking along a suburban city paved bike and hike trail.’
    • ‘If he biked through several states, as he is now ‘bicycling through Spain’, and earned more than $300 in each state, was he required to file state returns?’
    • ‘Go for a hike, toss a frisbee or enjoy a walk in the park, go rollerblading, biking, canoeing, or swimming at an outdoor pool.’
    • ‘Do you prefer city biking or would a more scenic ride suit you better?’
    • ‘But also trekking, biking or horse riding are good possibilities too.’
    • ‘Alan George, 52, of Tadcaster Road, York, has been riding a motorcycle for 35 years and was biking to work today.’
    • ‘They are also biking for a cause, as the bicyclists made it a point to emphasise when they made a stopover in Bangalore.’
    • ‘And Anandan is biking angrily throughout the city wondering what to do.’
    • ‘Himalayan Enfielders, now nearly a year old with about 70 members, is a forum for people who have a passion for biking in Kathmandu.’
    • ‘Falconry displays, American cheerleaders, Quad biking and train rides will also feature.’
    • ‘Several years ago, I was biking on a trail and a guy rode up beside me and yes, started talking to me.’
    • ‘Avoid driving whenever possible by walking, biking, using public transit, or car-pooling.’
    • ‘Anyway, the only other thing I've been really focused on these days is getting back to the gym and tackling the world of road biking.’
    • ‘‘We still do some winter biking, as well as training together in the winter,’ said Hofer.’
    • ‘One of the most tangible connections I've made in the past few days is between my leg and a piece of wood while biking in Pacific Spirit Park.’
    • ‘Might go biking because it is such a lovely evening.’
    • ‘The narrow, leaning buildings and the large city park, Vondelpark, make Amsterdam a picturesque city for walking or biking.’
    1. 1.1British [with object]Cause (a letter or package) to be delivered by bicycle or motorcycle.
      ‘I'll get them to bike the scripts over’
      • ‘If your "bad back" is bothering you too much to respond online, then, maybe, you could hop on a bicycle, and bike the message to me.’
      • ‘Illuminating and surprising, this programme should be biked directly to the FA and anywhere else where national sports are organised.’
      • ‘There was a courier service that would bike round bags of it with little flags of the country it came from on the sachet.’

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

bike

/bʌɪk/

Main definitions of bike in English

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bike2

noun

Northern english, Scottish
rare
  • A nest or swarm of bees, wasps, or hornets.

    ‘they swarmed over him like a bike of wasps’
    • ‘My head felt about the size of a football and buzzed like a bike of bees.’
    • ‘There are many solitary wasps and solitary bees, and there are many grades of sociality between the solitary life and that of the beehive and the wasps' bike.’
    • ‘Last season, this birdhouse was inhabited by a bike of wasps.’

Origin

Late Middle English: of unknown origin; perhaps from Old English béoc, contraction of béowíc ‘bee dwelling’.

Pronunciation:

bike

/bʌɪk/