cycle

noun
cy·cle | \ ˈsī-kəl \

Definition of cycle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an interval of time during which a sequence of a recurring succession of events or phenomena is completed a 4-year cycle of growth and development

2a : a course or series of events or operations that recur regularly and usually lead back to the starting point … the common cycle of birth, growth, senescence, and death. —T. C. Schneirla and Gerard Piel

b : one complete performance of a vibration, electric oscillation, current alternation, or other periodic process

c : a permutation of a set of ordered elements in which each element takes the place of the next and the last becomes first

d : a takeoff and landing of an airplane

3 : a circular or spiral arrangement: such as

a : an imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens

b : ring sense 10

4 : a long period of time : age

5a : a group of creative works (such as poems, plays, or songs) treating the same theme a cycle of poems about unrequited love

b : a series of narratives dealing typically with the exploits of a legendary hero the Arthurian cycle

6a : bicycle

b : tricycle

c : motorcycle

7 : the series of a single, double, triple, and home run hit in any order by one player during one baseball game

cycle

verb
cycled; cycling\ˈsī-k(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of cycle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to pass through a cycle

b : to recur in cycles

2 : to ride a cycle specifically : bicycle

transitive verb

: to cause to go through a cycle

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Other words from cycle

Verb

cycler \ˈsī-k(ə-)lər \ noun

Synonyms for cycle

Synonyms: Noun

circle, merry-go-round, round, wheel

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Examples of cycle in a Sentence

Noun

We have to wait for the dishwasher's wash and dry cycles to end. the spin cycle on a washing machine He rode his cycle into town.

Verb

The water is cycled back into the system after it has been used. The water cycles back into the system.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Teams work on small tasks in short cycles, achieving their immediate goal and quickly moving on to the next. The Economist, "The fashion for agile management is spreading," 5 July 2018 Another key point with couponing is that sales come in cycles. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrate celery!," 4 July 2018 The price change officially happens July 26th and will impact existing customers on their next billing cycle after that date, The Verge reports. Emily Price, Fortune, "DirecTV Now Will Raise Its Prices This Month," 2 July 2018 This became the standard way to quantify neural activity, but the variability may result from where neurons are in oscillation cycles, so the practice ignores the timing information needed to reveal traveling waves. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "“Traveling” Brain Waves May Be Critical for Cognition," 28 June 2018 Four-term incumbent Andy Harris has comfortably sailed to reelection in previous cycles, but Democrats see his votes against the Affordable Care Act as potential ammunition that could be used against him. Li Zhou, Vox, "Maryland primary live results: governor and House races," 26 June 2018 Since many systems were still 8-bit, the 8088 sent out the 16-bit data in two 8-bit cycles, making it compatible with 8-bit systems. Benj Edwards, PCWorld, "Birth of a standard: The Intel 8086 microprocessor turns 40 today," 8 June 2018 Cats see the world in less than 10 cycles per degree. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How Does Your Vision Compare to Other Critters in the Animal Kingdom?," 7 June 2018 Such gains are a matter of sheer conjecture at this point, and the demographic factors that tilted Iowa red in the last two cycles have not gone away. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Iowa Could Be 2018’s Bellwether for Democrats," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There will be 176 riders total from countries all over the world including five Americans cycling in the 2018 Tour de France. Gina Martinez, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Tour de France," 6 July 2018 In a February 2018 meeting in which CPS staff cycled in and out of the room, Jordin was given an IEP a year and a half after Young had first asked for it. Vikki Ortiz, chicagotribune.com, "CPS students denied special education services amid 'cycle of chaos,' parents say," 19 June 2018 Play even cycled around for another 30 seconds before Kane went down in a heap, and only then does Cakir stop play. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 The 22 teams, which each have nine racers, will cycle the 21-stage race that spans a total of 2,082.2 miles and tours almost all of France. Gina Martinez, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Tour de France," 6 July 2018 Employees disdained their bosses for earning high six figures while temps were cycled through abusive shows like cannon fodder. Boris Kachka, The Cut, "Do As I Say, Not As I Do," 5 Feb. 2018 Some academics cycle through one-year fellowships while pursuing doctorate degrees, and others get paid for consulting projects, which never get published. Fortune, "If You’re a Facebook User, You’re Also a Research Subject," 14 June 2018 BikeHouston joined cyclists worldwide for a slow-paced, silent ride Wednesday night in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Houston cyclists ride in silence to honor, raise awareness for those who've died," 16 May 2018 But in that time the company cycled through four different consumer robot concepts in the hopes of shaping the future of the home, moving beyond simpleton Roombas to truly intelligent machines. Matt Simon, WIRED, "A Robotics Startup Perishes, and It’s Got Tales to Tell," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of cycle

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1842, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for cycle

Noun

Middle English cicle, from Late Latin cyclus, from Greek kyklos circle, wheel, cycle — more at wheel

Verb

see cycle entry 1

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cycle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cycle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a set of events or actions that happen again and again in the same order : a repeating series of events or actions

: a set of regular and repeated actions that are done by a machine as part of a longer process

: a bicycle or motorcycle

cycle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cycle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go through a repeated process or to cause (something) to go through a repeated process

: to ride a bicycle

cycle

noun
cy·cle | \ ˈsī-kəl \

Kids Definition of cycle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a period of time taken up by a series of events or actions that repeat themselves again and again in the same order the cycle of the seasons

2 : a complete round or series The dishwasher started its drying cycle.

cycle

verb
cycled; cycling

Kids Definition of cycle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to ride a bicycle or motorcycle

cycle

noun
cy·cle | \ ˈsī-kəl \

Medical Definition of cycle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a recurring series of events: as

a(1) : a series of stages through which an organism tends to pass once in a fixed order the common cycle of birth, growth, senescence and death —T. C. Schneirla & Gerard Piel also : a series of stages through which a population of organisms tends to pass more or less in synchrony the mosquito-hatching cycle — see life cycle

(2) : a series of physiological, biochemical, or psychological stages that recur in the same individual — see cardiac cycle, menstrual cycle krebs cycle

b : one complete performance of a vibration, electric oscillation, current alternation, or other periodic process

c : a series of ecological stages through which a substance tends to pass and which usually but not always leads back to the starting point the cycle of nitrogen in the living world

Other words from cycle

cyclic \ˈsī-klik also ˈsik-lik \ or cyclical \ˈsī-kli-kəl, ˈsik-li- \ adjective
cyclically \-k(ə-)lē \ also cyclicly \ˈsī-kli-klē, ˈsik-li- \ adverb
cycled; cycling

Medical Definition of cycle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to undergo the estrous cycle the mare has begun cycling

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