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1. A tricycle.
a. Any of several early bicycles having pedals attached to the front wheel.
b. An early bicycle propelled by pushing the feet along the ground while straddling the vehicle.

[French vélocipède : Latin vēlōx, vēlōc-, fast; see velocity + Latin pēs, ped-, foot; see -ped.]


1. (Mechanical Engineering) an early form of bicycle propelled by pushing along the ground with the feet
2. (Mechanical Engineering) any early form of bicycle or tricycle
[C19: from French vélocipède, from Latin vēlōx swift + pēs foot]
veˈlociˌpedist n


(vəˈlɒs əˌpid)

an early kind of bicycle or tricycle.
[1810–20; < French]
ve•loc′i•ped`ist, n.


A large tricycle intended for adult use.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Velocipede - any of several early bicycles with pedals on the front wheelvelocipede - any of several early bicycles with pedals on the front wheel
bicycle, bike, cycle, wheel - a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
2.Velocipede - a vehicle with three wheels that is moved by foot pedalsvelocipede - a vehicle with three wheels that is moved by foot pedals
cycle rickshaw, pedicab - a tricycle (usually propelled by pedalling); used in the Orient for transporting passengers for hire; "boys who once pulled rickshaws now pedal pedicabs"
wheeled vehicle - a vehicle that moves on wheels and usually has a container for transporting things or people; "the oldest known wheeled vehicles were found in Sumer and Syria and date from around 3500 BC"


(archaic) [vəˈlɒsɪpiːd] Nvelocípedo m


n (form)Fahrrad nt, → Veloziped nt (old)
References in classic literature ?
I 'll help you tease for your velocipede, and won't say a word against it, when mamma and granny beg papa not to let you have it.
A local velocipede club sprang up in March, 1869, and two members completed an arduous 200-mile ride to London.
Visitors can also see the replica Kirkpatrick Macmillan velocipede bicycle, which was used in the opening ceremony.
It includes a GWR brake van (known as a "Toad" brake van) from 1935 with sink, cupboards, steel stove and veranda/viewing area; a 1937 Fruit C Van currently used for storage and a workshop; two 12-ton ventilated vans from 1961 and 1958 that are used for storage; a fully operational Wickham pump trolley from the 1950s and a velocipede.
The first two-wheeled motorised velocipede I got my hands on was an NSU Quickly moped I found at the back of my dad's shed.
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It is likely that Ernest Michaux, elder son of coach builder Pierre Michaux, applied this type of crank-driven front wheel to an old draisine, thus creating the first pedal-driven velocipede, which would become known as the "boneshaker" in Britain.
He invented a velocipede, that was a sort of tricycle with wooden wheels, and used the hot water from his workshop to heat the pub.
The Velocipede Society are already planning to stage their festival here next year," he said.
It began innocently enough when I opened the front door of Comber Towers one evening last week in order to bring in my trusty velocipede for the night and I spotted, glistening in the moonlight, a rather impressive spider's web across the top of the door frame.