acyclic

adjective

acy·​clic (ˌ)ā-ˈsī-klik How to pronounce acyclic (audio)
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: not cyclic: such as
a
: not disposed in whorls or cycles
b
: having an open-chain structure : aliphatic
an acyclic compound

Examples of acyclic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blue held her paddle high and bid $17,000 on an acyclic painting of Sidney Poitier during the event's live auction, emceed by Star Jones, according to Vanity Fair. Melody Chiu, Peoplemag, 4 Apr. 2023 That kind of network is called a directed acyclic graph, or DAG. Ben Brubaker, Quanta Magazine, 18 Jan. 2023 Marloes Maathuis, a professor of theoretical and applied statistics at ETH Zurich, looked at how directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) could be used to derive causal relationships in data. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2020 Blue held her paddle high and bid $17,000 on an acyclic painting of Sidney Poitier during the event’s live auction, emceed by Star Jones, according to Vanity Fair. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, 7 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of acyclic was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Acyclic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acyclic. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

acyclic

adjective
1
: not occurring in periods or cycles
acyclic gonadotropin secretion
2
: having an open-chain structure
especially : aliphatic
an acyclic compound
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