cy·​clone | \ ˈsī-ˌklōn How to pronounce cyclone (audio) \

Definition of cyclone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2 : any of various centrifugal devices for separating materials (such as solid particles from gases)


Cy·​clone | \ ˈsī-ˌklōn How to pronounce Cyclone (audio) \

Definition of Cyclone (Entry 2 of 2)

used for a chain-link fence

Other Words from cyclone


cyclonic \ sī-​ˈklä-​nik How to pronounce cyclone (audio) \ adjective
cyclonically \ sī-​ˈklä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cyclone (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cyclone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The impacts from the cyclone are already being felt on Mauritius and La Reunion. Pedram Javaheri, CNN, 2 Feb. 2022 Even without the threat of a cyclone, those on the northern Gulf Coast should prepare for flooding. Max Golembo, ABC News, 12 July 2022 The East Coast is bracing for its second major winter storm in five days with a bomb cyclone expected to hit today. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2022 Bomb cyclone is a term given to a rapidly strengthening storm that fulfills one important criterion. Brandon Miller, CNN, 28 Jan. 2022 The cyclone hit a month before parliamentary elections. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Strong winds and snow are in store for the Northeast as the cyclone reaches hurricane-level strength off the Atlantic coast. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 Cyclogenesis describes the formation of a cyclone or storm. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2022 Satellite view of the developing bomb cyclone and extreme atmospheric river, being pushed east by a powerful Pacific jet extension. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cyclone


1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cyclone


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

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The first known use of cyclone was in 1848

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cy·​clone | \ ˈsī-ˌklōn How to pronounce cyclone (audio) \

Kids Definition of cyclone

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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