• Tom falls off the velocipede
    Tom falls off the velocipede
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n velocipede a vehicle with three wheels that is moved by foot pedals
    • n velocipede any of several early bicycles with pedals on the front wheel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Velocipede A light road carriage propelled by the feet of the rider. Originally it was propelled by striking the tips of the toes on the roadway, but commonly now by the action of the feet on a pedal or pedals connected with the axle of one or more of the wheels, and causing their revolution. They are made in many forms, with two, three, or four wheels. See Bicycle, and Tricycle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n velocipede An electric jib-crane which runs on a single track and is held upright by the post running between two rails at the top.
    • n velocipede A light vehicle or carriage, with two wheels or three, impelled by the rider. One of the older forms of this carriage consisted of two wheels of nearly equal size, placed one before the other, and connected by a beam on which the driver's seat was fixed. The rider, sitting astride the machine, propelled it by the alternate thrust of each foot on the ground. This form dates from the early part of the nineteenth century. Later, treadles operating cranks on the axle of the front wheel came into use, and many modified and improved kinds have become popular under the name of bicycle. (See also tricycle.) Light boats driven by a paddle-wheel or wheels operated by cranks and treadles, and known as water-velocipedes, have also been brought into use. See also cuts under bicycle and tricycle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Velocipede vē-los′i-pēd a light vehicle originally moved by striking the toes on the road, now with a treadle—its developments are the bicycle and tricycle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. velox, -ocis, swift + pes, pedis, a foot. See Velocity, and Foot
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. velox, velocis, swift, pes, pedis, foot.


In literature:

Why don't you add a velocipede, wheelbarrow, and printing-press, my dear?
"Jack and Jill" by Louisa May Alcott
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.
"An Old-fashioned Girl" by Louisa May Alcott
The meanest creatures despise him, and even the fleas would desert him for a velocipede.
"Roughing It" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
That's young Velocipede, and that's Chiffney a-ridin' him.
"The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn" by Henry Kingsley
A velocipede was his grandfather's offering and was received with shouts of delight.
"Ethel Morton's Holidays" by Mabell S. C. Smith
I also had my eye on a hand-painted chocolate pot, but my lucky number drew a toy velocipede instead.
"Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer" by Jessie Graham Flower
They call him the good Velocipede, And he's never tired or lame.
"A Jolly Jingle-Book" by Various
An improved velocipede has been patented by Messrs. Charles E. Tripler and William H. Roff, of New York city.
"Scientific American, Volume XLIII., No. 25, December 18, 1880" by Various
One of the things to be met with on the roads in 1800-20 was the velocipede.
"Fragments of Two Centuries" by Alfred Kingston
As he dropped down there came the recollection that there were two seats on the velocipede.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs

In news:

Thrift store velocipede is charming decorator piece worth up to $300.