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’
    • ‘His best freebie has been a mountain bike and a bike rack for his car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is also a fun ride where the citizens of Hamburg can ride their bikes around a set course in the city streets.’
    • ‘It was followed by a bike change, as his gears had been damaged, and a second chase.’
    • ‘It means visually impaired people in Grimsby will have the chance to go out on a tandem bike with a sighted cyclist.’
    • ‘The local bike shops have been unable to fix it and don't seem to have any solid advice.’
    • ‘To mountain bike is not to own a mountain bike and cycle along cycle paths, but to own a bike and cycle around mountains.’
    • ‘Some people prefer adaptive bikes because they look more like normal bikes and are less expensive.’
    • ‘Cyclists shave grams off their bikes as though they're preparing to launch them to Mars.’
    • ‘Fundraisers can get on their bikes for sponsored cycle rides through the grounds of Longleat.’
    • ‘It's like taking your hands off the handle bars of a bike while you're cycling.’
    • ‘Typical models include mounts for two bikes, but additional mounts can be purchased separately.’
    • ‘As September approached, the girls began to talk about riding their bikes to school.’
    • ‘We are real people who are doing a job just like anyone else; we just get paid to ride our bikes.’
    • ‘Fast moving and reckless, these drivers can be found on cars, bikes and bicycles.’
    • ‘The same logic says that it's smarter to buy a bike from a bike shop than from Canadian Tire or Zellers.’
    • ‘After the ride we did another wash and loaded the bikes and we were soon off to Trenton.’
    • ‘To save money, they might leave their bikes in those glorified cycle racks in front of the main stands.’
    • ‘You can also hire bikes and cycle round the island taking in the breathtaking views of Arran on the way.’
    • ‘This child cannot rollerskate, play sports or ride bikes because the normal activity of children causes chronic sores.’
    • ‘He was a keen motorcyclist who had been riding bikes since the age of 16.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The more conventional novelties included the first ever Blue Peter board game and mini BMX bikes that can be ridden with your fingers.’

verb

no object, with adverbial of direction
  • 1informal Ride a bicycle or motorcycle.

    ‘Danny bikes to the park and back every day’
    • ‘Falconry displays, American cheerleaders, Quad biking and train rides will also feature.’
    • ‘Avoid driving whenever possible by walking, biking, using public transit, or car-pooling.’
    • ‘These are real and possible threats while biking along a suburban city paved bike and hike trail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alan George, 52, of Tadcaster Road, York, has been riding a motorcycle for 35 years and was biking to work today.’
    • ‘Several years ago, I was biking on a trail and a guy rode up beside me and yes, started talking to me.’
    • ‘Do you prefer city biking or would a more scenic ride suit you better?’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘But also trekking, biking or horse riding are good possibilities too.’
    • ‘They are also biking for a cause, as the bicyclists made it a point to emphasise when they made a stopover in Bangalore.’
    • ‘Go for a hike, toss a frisbee or enjoy a walk in the park, go rollerblading, biking, canoeing, or swimming at an outdoor pool.’
    • ‘And Anandan is biking angrily throughout the city wondering what to do.’
    • ‘Might go biking because it is such a lovely evening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nothing is more satisfying than biking swiftly down Summit into the sunset… going nearly as fast as the cars.’
    • ‘Himalayan Enfielders, now nearly a year old with about 70 members, is a forum for people who have a passion for biking in Kathmandu.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The narrow, leaning buildings and the large city park, Vondelpark, make Amsterdam a picturesque city for walking or biking.’
    • ‘‘We still do some winter biking, as well as training together in the winter,’ said Hofer.’
    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’
      • ‘There was a courier service that would bike round bags of it with little flags of the country it came from on the sachet.’
      • ‘Illuminating and surprising, this programme should be biked directly to the FA and anywhere else where national sports are organised.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrases

    on your bike!
    British informal
    • Go away (used as an expression of annoyance).

      • ‘"On yer bike mate, you can't bring that on board this train!"’
      • ‘But Trinny and Susannah have said 'on yer bike' to her old style and fixed her up with an ultra-feminine look.’
      • ‘At least they've not said "on yer bike son"’
      • ‘When I first met him, he said ‘are you going to teach me to dance’, I said ‘on your bike’.’
      • ‘I've looked death in the face a few times and said, ‘On your bike’.’
    get off one's bike
    Australian, New Zealand informal
    • Become annoyed.

Origin

Late 19th century abbreviation.

Pronunciation

bike

/bʌɪk/

Main definitions of bike in English

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bike2

noun

rareNorthern English, Scottish
  • 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/