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

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

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With the annual cyclone and monsoon seasons approaching this month and next, hundreds of thousands of refugees are now steeling themselves for the camp’s further collapse. Jason Patinkin, Washington Post, "Rohingya refugees escaped massacres in Burma. Now they face another deadly force: Monsoons.," 4 May 2018 Image In April, Alastair Bonnett tried to reach a new volcanic island in Tonga when a cyclone intervened. New York Times, "Why Old Enclaves and New Islands Matter to Travelers," 24 May 2018 Then in October 2014, the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh was devastated by a cyclone, and every streetlight in its largest city, Visakhapatnam, needed replacing. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Can India Afford to Cool Down?," 21 Nov. 2018 On Thursday, 6-foot-tall cyclone fencing and steel barricades were erected in anticipation of protests over the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark. Jon Schultz, sacbee, "Sacramento Kings ramp up security and ban signs for Saturday’s game against Warriors | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Mar. 2018 The storm, which had been described as a bomb cyclone, dropped several inches of snow at Kennedy, but the runways had been cleared by Friday morning. Patrick Mcgeehan, BostonGlobe.com, "How Logan Airport bounced back from the snowstorm that crippled JFK," 28 Feb. 2018 The storm, which had been described as a bomb cyclone, dropped several inches of snow at Kennedy, but the runways had been cleared by Friday morning. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "How Boston’s Airport Bounced Back From the Storm That Crippled J.F.K.," 27 Feb. 2018 Dyson has now miniaturized that cyclone and tucked it into a small robot vacuum called the Dyson 360 Eye. Nena Farrell, Sunset, "How to Clean Smarter with These A+ Robot Vacuums," 22 Jan. 2018 Why hurricanes under warmer conditions can dump so much rain Downpours go hand-in-hand with hurricanes, since the cyclones are powered by evaporating and condensing moisture. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why hurricanes are expected to dump more rain in a warming world," 14 Sep. 2018

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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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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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