1

cyclic

adjective cy·clic \ ˈsī-klik also ˈsi- \
variants: or cyclical play \ˈsī-kli-kəl, ˈsi-\
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of cyclic

1 a : of, relating to, or being a cycle
b : moving in cycles
  • cyclic time
c : of, relating to, or being a chemical compound containing a ring of atoms
2 cyclic : being a mathematical group that has an element such that every element of the group can be expressed as one of its powers

cyclically

play \ˈsī-kli-k(ə-)lē, ˈsi-\ or less commonly cyclicly play \ˈsī-kli-klē, ˈsi-\ adverb

Examples of cyclic in a Sentence

  1. cyclic changes in the weather

  2. the cyclical nature of history

Recent Examples of cyclic from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cyclic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of cyclic

1794


2

cyclic

noun

Definition of cyclic

: a helicopter control that governs horizontal thrust by adjusting the pitch of individual rotor blades during their rotation

First Known Use of cyclic

1963


Learn More about cyclic


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cyclic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

food, provisions, or a tasty dish

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!