Definition of cyclone
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 rainb : tornadoc : 4low 1b
2 : any of various centrifugal devices for separating materials (such as solid particles from gases)
cyclonicplay \sī-ˈklä-nik\ adjective
cyclonicallyplay \sī-ˈklä-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of cyclone from the Web
Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt discusses tourism, recovering after cyclone Debbie and his outlook for regional trade.
After a pitcher brings the ball up to its loaded position, the hips fire first, followed by the torso, after which the arm and hand come around, using energy generated by the sequential cyclones.
As the system slowly develops, it's poised to form a tropical cyclone early next week in the southern or central portion of the Gulf of Mexico.
National Hurricane Center forecasters are keeping an eye on two systems roiling in the central Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico that have the potential to become tropical cyclones.
In fact, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the only difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs—
Just a few weeks ago, southeastern Bangladesh was also hit by a tropical cyclone that killed at least eight people and destroyed thousands of buildings and homes in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, and Rangamati.
Of course, with this being a Tom Clancy thriller, Junior will wind up in the middle of a cyber-warfare operation, dodging a team of assassins and racing to get out of Singapore as a cyclone hits.
Tropical weather: No tropical cyclones are expected to form in the next five days in the Gulf of Mexico, north Atlantic Ocean or the Caribbean Sea.
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Origin and Etymology of cyclone
modification of Greek kyklōma wheel, coil, from kykloun to go around, from kyklos circle
First Known Use: 1848See Words from the same year
Definition of Cyclone
—used for a chain-link fence
CYCLONE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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