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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.
5 The velocipede was a 19th-century prototype of what?
4 raving, ravine, raven, rave, never, nerve, Urdu; 3 Mayflower; The 2 Una; 1 nave, naive, grieve, graven, grave, giver, Quiz: given, give, gave, evince, ever, even, engrave, craving, craven, crave, caving, velocipede.
Chi giocava alle noci, chi alle piastrelle, chi alla palla, chi andava in velocipede, chi sopra un cavallino di legno; questi facevano a mosca-cieca, quegli altri si rincorrevano; altri, vestiti da pagliacci, mangiavano la stoppa accesa; chi recitava, chi cantava, chi faceva i salti mortali, chi si divertiva a camminare colle mani in terra e colle gambe in aria; chi mandava il cerchio, chi passeggiava vestito da generale coll'elmo di foglio e lo squadrone di cartapesta; chi rideva, chi urlava, chi chiamava, chi batteva le mani, chi fischiava, chi rifaceva il verso alla gallina quando ha fatto l'ovo; insomma un tal pandemonio, un tal passeraio, un tal baccano indiavolato, da doversi mettere il cotone negli orecchi per non rimanere assorditi" (Le avventure di Pinocchio 366).
I send you like a lightning bolt [right arrow] this boomerang barely having received your approaching pyromaniac conversation/ [right arrow] 2 volumes still herbed up, fresh, smelling of MOLOTOV COCKTAIL being lit/ of electropurified girly poontang that makes us clang clang/ and "oh" I say to the lungs/ our breath in check/ our cardiac chachacha picking up/ we are moved by the velocipede to step onto the highways/ and climb on our knees, heart, bald hills, skyscrapers, wobbling/ to dive (vertical position/ nose clamped) into the depths of the ocean, for the well-known little gift of a poem dyed with gulfweed .
as his patents for wheelbarrows, a velocipede and a hobby-horse were assigned to them.
Inventors led the way with an aquatic tripod to get hunters closer to waterfowl; bone skates, which were the forerunner of ice skates; bow-and-arrow golf, where archers competed against golfers for the lower score; centrifugal bowling, which used a shortened, U-shaped alley with the outer side tilted upwards like a velodrome; an ice velocipede, with a front-pedaled wheel and two rear razor-sharp metal skates; and a monowheel with a giant outer wheel with the driver, controls, and engine level inside it.
Emmy wants to compete as a jockey in her community's aggressive and competitive velocipede races just as her twin brother is pursuing professional status.
The university was keen to establish a VEC@Liverpool on campus, close to the students and where they are developing designs for their final year projects, such as Formula Student and Liverpool Velocipede ARION 1 Land Speed Bicycle challenge," explains Lynn Dwyer, business manager at VEC.
The story began when an early bike called a Velocipede, imported from Paris, was ridden through Coventry.
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.