cyclone

noun
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)

Cyclone

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

Definition of Cyclone (Entry 2 of 2)

used for a chain-link fence

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Other Words from cyclone

Noun

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 Climate change will continue affecting tropical cyclones by increasing sea surface temperatures, a key factor in cyclone formation and behavior, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Faith Karimi, CNN, 22 May 2021 The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm, which is currently in the mid-Atlantic centered about 450 miles east-northeast of Bermuda, has a 90% chance of developing into a cyclone within the next 48 hours. Chris Morris, Fortune, 21 May 2021 The snowstorms were believed to be whipped by the tail end of a cyclone that hit the Indian coast a few days earlier. Fox News, 19 May 2021 The state of Gujarat, which bore the brunt of the cyclone, was forced to evacuate 200,000 people from its coastal districts late on Monday and moved them into shelter homes. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Ahead of the cyclone, about 150,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas in Maharashtra and Gujarat states. NBC News, 18 May 2021 After making landfall, the cyclone is expected to lose some of its wind strength, CNN meteorologist Sater said. Helen Regan And Esha Mitra, CNN, 17 May 2021 First, a cyclone system separates large particles, then a mesh filter takes care of hair and dust, and a pre-filter blocks fine dust. Christie Calucchia, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 May 2021 Even more impressive is the fact that Gani reached its maximum intensity at 10.3 degrees north, farther south than any other Indian Ocean cyclone on record. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cyclone

Noun

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cyclone

Noun

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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9 Jun 2021

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“Cyclone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyclone. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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cyclone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cyclone

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

cyclone

noun
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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