- a vehicle, usually having two or three wheels, that is propelled by the rider.
- an early kind of bicycle or tricycle.
- a light, three-wheeled, pedal-driven vehicle for railway inspection, used for carrying one person on a railroad track.
- an early form of bicycle propelled by pushing along the ground with the feet
- any early form of bicycle or tricycle
1819, “wheeled vehicle propelled by the feet on the ground,” from French vélocipède, from Latin velox (genitive velocis) “swift” (see velocity) + pedem, accusative of pes “foot” (see foot (n.)). Applied to an early kind of bicycle or tricycle in 1849.