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
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

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

Examples of cyclone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There were no preexisting cyclone shelters in the city due the rarity of storms, said National Disaster Response Force spokesman Krishan Kumar. Fox News, "Powerful cyclone in India lashes business capital of Mumbai; 100,000 evacuated," 4 June 2020 Ahead of landfall, the cyclone is expected to strengthen to the equivalent of just below a Category 1 Atlantic hurricane, or a Severe Cyclonic Storm in the West Pacific. CNN, "Cyclone Nisarga: Coronavirus patients evacuated ahead of worst storm to hit Mumbai in 70 years," 3 June 2020 Forecasters believe Tropical Depression Cristobal will collide with another storm system to form a larger cyclone. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Cristobal expected to merge with separate storm system to create cyclone," 9 June 2020 Tropical Storm Cristobal could soon renew its strength by uniting with another storm system coming from the west to form one giant cyclone, forecasters say. NBC News, "Cristobal to merge with new storm system after lashing South," 9 June 2020 Amphan was just the second super cyclone to hit the Bay of Bengal since records began. Helen Regan, CNN, "India's cyclone response saves lives. Climate resilient infrastructure will save livelihoods," 4 June 2020 Mumbai, with a population of more than 18 million, hadn’t been hit by a cyclone in more than a century, raising concerns about its readiness. Fox News, "Powerful cyclone in India lashes business capital of Mumbai; 100,000 evacuated," 4 June 2020 The neighborhood was able to avoid another disaster this week when it was spared damage from a cyclone that hit the city. Yirmiyan Arthur, The Christian Science Monitor, "In India's slums, neighbors unite against a pandemic," 4 June 2020 Among those evacuated to safety in the city from the approaching cyclone were . Niha Masih, Washington Post, "Severe cyclone bears down on Mumbai, India’s coronavirus hot spot," 3 June 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cyclone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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

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