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cycle

noun cy·cle \ ˈsī-kəl \

Definition of cycle

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
2 a :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 10
4 :a long period of time :age
5 a :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
7 :the series of a single, double, triple, and home run hit in any order by one player during one baseball game

Examples of cycle in a Sentence

  1. We have to wait for the dishwasher's wash and dry cycles to end.

  2. the spin cycle on a washing machine

  3. He rode his cycle into town.

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Origin and Etymology of cycle

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

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cycle

verb

Definition of cycle

cycled; cycling play \ˈsī-k(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a :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

cycler

play \ˈsī-k(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of cycle in a Sentence

  1. The water is cycled back into the system after it has been used.

  2. The water cycles back into the system.

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Origin and Etymology of cycle

see 1cycle


CYCLE Defined for Kids

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cycle

noun cy·cle \ ˈsī-kəl \

Definition of cycle for Students

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.

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cycle

verb

Definition of cycle for Students

cycled; cycling
:to ride a bicycle or motorcycle

Medical Dictionary

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cycle

noun cy·cle \ ˈsī-kəl \

medical Definition of cycle

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 cyclekrebs 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
2 :ring 2

cyclic

\ˈsī-klik also ˈsik-lik\ or cyclical play \ˈsī-kli-kəl, ˈsik-li-\ adjective

cyclically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ also cyclicly play \ˈsī-kli-klē, ˈsik-li-\ adverb

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cycle

intransitive verb

medical Definition of cycle

cycled; cycling
:to undergo the estrous cycle
  • the mare has begun cycling


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