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cyclic

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adjective cy·clic \ˈsī-klik also ˈsi-\

Simple Definition of cyclic

  • : happening again and again in the same order : happening in cycles

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cyclic

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or being a cycle b :  moving in cycles <cyclic time> c :  of, relating to, or being a chemical compound containing a ring of atoms

  2. 2 cyclic :  being a mathematical group that has an element such that every element of the group can be expressed as one of its powers

cyclically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ also

cyclicly

play \ˈsī-kli-klē, ˈsi-\ adverb

Examples of cyclic in a sentence

  1. cyclic changes in the weather

  2. the cyclical nature of history



1794

First Known Use of cyclic

1794

Variants of cyclic

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cyclical

play \ˈsī-kli-kəl, ˈsi-\

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