cy·clone | \ˈsī-ˌklōn \

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

c : low entry 4 sense 1b

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


Cy·clone | \ˈsī-ˌklōn \

Definition of Cyclone (Entry 2 of 2)

used for a chain-link fence

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Other Words from cyclone


cyclonic \sī-ˈklä-nik \ adjective
cyclonically \sī-ˈklä-ni-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of cyclone in a Sentence

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Portions of Salalah, home to some 200,000 people, lost power as the cyclone made landfall. Jon Gambrell,, "5 dead, 30 missing after powerful cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen," 26 May 2018 Effects from the developing cyclone will be felt east of southeast Texas. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "National Weather Service eyes tropical disturbance in Caribbean ocean," 23 May 2018 The Bhola cyclone of 1970 that made landfall near here was the deadliest tropical cyclone in more than 140 years of U.N. weather agency records, killing up to a half million people. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Rohingya Camps in Bangladesh Start to Look Permanent," 3 Apr. 2018 As if the devastating cyclone proved the fragility of the country’s ecosystems, the emphasis now is on responsible tourism. Chaney Kwak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fiji Isn't Just for Honeymooners Anymore," 17 Jan. 2018 President Baldwin Lonsdale told Reuters that more than 90 percent of the island’s buildings had been destroyed and said climate change was a contributing factor in the changing weather patterns that caused the cyclone. Newsweek, "April 24 Issue," 24 Apr. 2017 A week ago, Hurricane Sandy was barely even mentioned on the hourly weather forecast, and now, the epic cyclone's damage is almost irreversible. Maura Brannigan, Marie Claire, "How to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims," 31 Oct. 2012 Bamboo and tarpaulin are all that the Rohingya — hundreds of thousands of whom crossed into Bangladesh after fleeing a military crackdown in Myanmar — have as shelter from the heavy rains and cyclones that lash the region each year. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "‘Everything was destroyed’: Monsoon begins to take deadly toll on Rohingya camps in Bangladesh," 24 June 2018 Chances of cyclone formation and tropical storm conditions on land too small for now for @NHC_Atlantic to issue advisories on potential tropical cyclone. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Rare May tropical storm could form in the Gulf of Mexico this week," 14 May 2018

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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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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


cy·clone | \ˈsī-ˌklōn \

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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