any of various small personal vehicles, typically travelling on or very close to the ground
See also landspeeder n.
He whistled softly to himself, for under a thatched roof of yucca and bear grass stood a try-sky speeder of most modern make and design.
Resistant Ray in Amazing Stories July 348/1
Stanton listening heard a faint rythmic [sic], metallic clicking which momentarily grew more audible and presently a small, gas-driven speeder appeared. The six miles to the plant were soon covered.
Celestial Pioneers in Amazing Stories Quarterly Spring–Summer 544/1
He tooled the speeder downtown to the office building where he maintained a floor.
Time Locker in Astounding Science-Fiction Jan. 104/1
She motioned him in and no sooner had the door closed than the speeder leaped forward and melted into the traffic.
Z-Day on Centauri in Planet Stories Summer 6/1
I found a gasoline speeder a few miles down.
Status Quo Peddlers in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 80/2
The speeder pulls up in front of a run-down, blockhouse cantina on the outskirts of the spaceport.
Adventures of the Starkiller (Star Wars, second draft, 28 Jan.) 43
The speeder blasted away, pluming a thick, white roostertail of bleached dust high in the air. Ibid. 14/2 Minutes later, the speeder was whistling over the sparsely populated fringes of the city.
Among the Cliff-Dwellers of the San Andreas Canyon in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sept. 13/1
The speeder was just where I’d left it. I vaulted in and keyed the ignition.
Hellflower in Amazing Stories Mar. 50
2015 SFX (#257) Mar. 14
This vessel looks a little like Luke’s speeder turned on its side.
Research HistorySuggested by Bill Mullins.
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