cyclone

noun cy·clone \ ˈsī-ˌklōn \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of cyclone

1 a : a storm or system of winds that rotates about a center of low atmospheric pressure, advances at a speed of 20 to 30 miles (about 30 to 50 kilometers) an hour, and often brings heavy rain
b : tornado
c : 4low 1b
2 : any of various centrifugal devices for separating materials (such as solid particles from gases)

cyclonic

play \sī-ˈklä-nik\ adjective

cyclonically

play \sī-ˈklä-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of cyclone

modification of Greek kyklōma wheel, coil, from kykloun to go around, from kyklos circle


Cyclone

trademark Cy·clone \ ˈsī-ˌklōn \

Definition of Cyclone

used for a chain-link fence

CYCLONE Defined for English Language Learners

cyclone

noun

Definition of cyclone for English Language Learners

  • : an extremely large, powerful, and destructive storm with very high winds that turn around an area of low pressure


CYCLONE Defined for Kids

cyclone

noun cy·clone \ ˈsī-ˌklōn \

Definition of cyclone for Students

1 : a storm or system of winds that rotates about a center of low atmospheric pressure and that moves forward at a speed of 20 to 30 miles (30 to 50 kilometers) an hour and often brings heavy rain
2 : tornado


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