Definition of motorbike in English:



  • A motorcycle, typically a small, lightweight one.

    • ‘She picks me up on her motorbike, and we chat as we zoom through the terrible Athens traffic.’
    • ‘Young people riding motorbikes and mopeds have been disturbing the peace of residents near the controversial skate park in Bocking End over the past few weeks.’
    • ‘In November, motorbikes and 4x4 vehicles will be allowed back on the pass for one day a month on a permit system.’
    • ‘When I come home, the cell phone gets put aside and the motorbikes come out.’
    • ‘It's not exactly far, but I was kind of hoping to get a lift on Rob's motorbike.’
    • ‘The department has been inundated with calls from angry residents complaining about youths speeding on off-road motorbikes and quad bikes.’
    • ‘Now motorbikes and 4x4 vehicles roar along it, churning up and destroying a thousand years of history.’
    • ‘Freshly built houses dot the countryside, and new motorbikes abound.’
    • ‘Arthur tiptoed over to one of the motorbikes (trying not to raise the alarm) and ran his hand over the chassis.’
    • ‘The rioters have also started using motorbikes and mobile phones to trace the movements of police riot squads, in tactics reminiscent of urban guerrilla movements.’
    • ‘The software connects to databases, including the Police National Computer, with details on 4.5 million cars, motorbikes, vans and lorries.’
    • ‘At busy periods, trunk roads such as the A64 are filled by a hazardous mix of cars, lorries, motorbikes and tractors.’
    • ‘On Saturday, at 12.50 pm, three motorbikes and two vehicles crashed.’
    • ‘Huge numbers of police marched alongside us or sat in police vans, cars and on motorbikes along the route.’
    • ‘He was killed when his motorbike collided with a tractor.’
    • ‘So he was sitting on his motorbike, on duty, when I approached him.’
    • ‘Suddenly, the rock 'n' roll is interrupted by screaming whistles, sirens, shouting and the thundering of hundreds of motorbikes.’
    • ‘The bus lane is designed to limit the amount of traffic in Ferndale Road and only allows buses, emergency vehicles, motorbikes, mopeds and bicycles.’
    • ‘He travelled extensively, and had a passion for motorbikes.’
    • ‘When I went into Afghanistan two years ago, there were two people with me on two motorbikes.’
    • ‘Everything in my whole life revolves around motorbikes.’
    • ‘They hope that this will help to prevent further damage by off-road vehicles, motorbikes, quad bikes and 4x4s.’
    • ‘Nineteen per cent of vehicles stolen were either motorbikes or mopeds.’
    • ‘Rachel had tried to sit behind one of the island boys driving the motorbikes, but it hadn't worked out well.’
    • ‘Countryside campaigners are furious that motorbikes and 4x4 vehicles are churning up historic Roman tracks.’
    • ‘I actually prefer motorbikes by quite a long way.’
    • ‘Miss Skone says the woods regularly used by quad bikers were fenced off by Dartford Council immediately after the accident and there seemed to be a genuine desire to make off-road motorbikes and quad bikes safer.’
    • ‘Vehicle excise duty on lorries and motorbikes is frozen at the existing rates and there is no extra tax on insurance premiums.’
    • ‘She didn't know how to get to the factory, so she took the only ride available, on the back of the boss's motorbike.’
    • ‘Under existing laws Wiltshire County Council has been forced to acknowledge the track is an ancient road and should be open to four-wheel drive vehicles and motorbikes.’
    • ‘And then he wants to take you shopping in town, ride you around on his motorbike and buy you stuff.’
    • ‘Family members said his passion was not just motorbikes but all motor vehicles.’
    • ‘Visitors to the Motorcycle Festival in Harwich on August 31 are being encouraged to use the train service instead of cars as nearly the whole of Harwich will be closed off to all vehicles except motorbikes.’
    • ‘Trucks, buses and motorbikes rumbled and screeched under our window all night long.’
    • ‘Last August he was the target of an assassination attempt, when gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on his car.’
    • ‘The area off Bayton Lane has become a popular site for drivers of 4x4 vehicles and off-road motorbikes.’
    • ‘The riders, known as scramblers, are illegally riding their motorbikes, quad bikes and scooters across Crane Park and are tearing up the ground in the process.’
    • ‘Mike opened the manual steel garage door and waved as the six motorbikes peeled out of his driveway with Jason and Jessica in the lead.’
    • ‘They have also had to put up with an increase in motorbikes and quad bikes along the footpath at the back of their homes, which was hard-surfaced with the £6,500 windfall.’
    • ‘We passed the motorbikes as we were walking back to town.’
    • ‘And there are very few such intersections in this city of 6 million people and 4 million motorbikes.’
    • ‘Matt was cool, and he was good-looking, and Viv felt more popular and more cool than ever with him, his friends all knowing about motorbikes and going to see the best bands around.’
    vehicle, means of transport, method of transport
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