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1hurricane

noun hur·ri·cane \ˈhər-ə-ˌkān, -i-kən, ˈhə-rə-, ˈhə-ri-\

: an extremely large, powerful, and destructive storm with very strong winds that occurs especially in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean

Full Definition of HURRICANE

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:  a tropical cyclone with winds of 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour or greater that occurs especially in the western Atlantic, that is usually accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning, and that sometimes moves into temperate latitudes — see beaufort scale table
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:  something resembling a hurricane especially in its turmoil
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Examples of HURRICANE

  1. <economic news that unleashed a hurricane on the trading floor>

Origin of HURRICANE

Spanish huracán, from Taino hurakán
First Known Use: 1555

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr

2hurricane

adjective

Definition of HURRICANE

:  having or being a glass chimney providing protection from wind <a hurricane lamp>

First Known Use of HURRICANE

1894
HURRICANE Defined for Kids

hurricane

noun hur·ri·cane \ˈhər-ə-ˌkān, ˈhər-i-kən\

Definition of HURRICANE for Kids

:  a tropical cyclone with winds of 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour or greater usually accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning

Word History of HURRICANE

The word hurricane is borrowed by way of Spanish from the language of the Taino Indians who, prior to the Spanish conquest of the New World, lived in great numbers on Hispaniola (modern Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and other islands of the West Indies. Other English words owed to their language are barbecue, hammock, maize, and potato.

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