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cycle

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noun cy·cle \ˈsī-kəl\

Definition of cycle

  1. 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. 2 a :  a course or series of events or operations that recur regularly and usually lead back to the starting point 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. 3 :  a circular or spiral arrangement: as a :  an imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens b :  ring 10

  4. 4 :  a long period of time :  age

  5. 5 a :  a group of creative works (as poems, plays, or songs) treating the same theme b :  a series of narratives dealing typically with the exploits of a legendary hero

  6. 6 a :  bicycle b :  tricycle c :  motorcycle

  7. 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.

Origin and Etymology of cycle

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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cycle

verb cy·cle

Definition of cycle

cycled

cycling

play \ˈsī-k(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to pass through a cycle b :  to recur in cycles

  3. 2 :  to ride a cycle; specifically :  bicycle

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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.

1842

First Known Use of cycle

1842



CYCLE Defined for English Language Learners

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cycle

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noun cy·cle \ˈsī-kəl\

Definition of cycle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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cycle

verb cy·cle

Definition of cycle for English Language Learners

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

  • : to ride a bicycle


CYCLE Defined for Kids

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cycle

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noun cy·cle \ˈsī-kəl\

Definition of cycle for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  a complete round or series <The dishwasher started its drying cycle.>

  3. 3 :  1bicycle

  4. 4 :  motorcycle


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cycle

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verb cy·cle

Definition of cycle for Students

cycled

cycling

  1. :  to ride a bicycle or motorcycle


Medical Dictionary

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cycle

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noun cy·cle \ˈsī-kəl\

Medical Definition of cycle

  1. 1:  a recurring series of events: asa (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 cycleb:  one complete performance of a vibration, electric oscillation, current alternation, or other periodic processc:  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. 2:  ring 2

cyclic

\ˈsī-klik also ˈsik-lik\play play or

cyclical

\ˈsī-kli-kəl, ˈsik-li-\play play adjective

cyclically

\-k(ə-)lē\play also

cyclicly

\ˈsī-kli-klē, ˈsik-li-\play adverb

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cycle

intransitive verb cy·cle

Medical Definition of cycle

cycled

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cycling

  1. :  to undergo the estrous cycle <the mare has begun cycling>



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