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
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

Examples of cyclone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The radius of maximum winds is the distance from the center of a tropical cyclone to the location of the cyclone’s maximum winds. Molly Rubin, Quartz, "Hurricane vocabulary: The difference between a typhoon, a cyclone, and a tropical storm," 12 July 2019 Environment Minister Sussan Ley said she was not surprised by the downgrade in the reef’s condition given the damage done by recent cyclones and latest bleaching events in successive years. Washington Post, "Australia lowers Great Barrier Reef outlook to ‘very poor’," 30 Aug. 2019 Forecasters gave the disturbance a 100 percent chance of turning into a cyclone within 48 hours and progressing right on up to a hurricane. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Barry spins into first predicted hurricane of 2019," 11 July 2019 Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are different names for the same type of rapidly rotating tropical system. Los Angeles Times, "Could a hurricane lash Los Angeles? 80 years ago, this deadly storm came close," 22 Aug. 2019 Emily’s symptoms calmed for a moment, only to gain force like an offshore cyclone and come raging back. Charles Graeber, WIRED, "How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer," 25 July 2019 The government is now considering plans to move these vulnerable, stateless people to an isolated island, prone to cyclones and flooding, in the Bay of Bengal. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 The result has been a dramatic reduction in deaths and losses: While the country saw 300,000 people die in a cyclone in 1970, and 138,000 in 1991, a 2007 storm that came after much of this work resulted in far fewer deaths at about 3,360. Nicholas Kusnetz, sun-sentinel.com, "Benefits of investing in climate adaptation far outweigh costs, commission says," 11 Sep. 2019 In Mozambique, a cyclone in March killed more than 1,000 people, and an election in October will test a new cease-fire aimed at ending a long-running insurgency. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Pope Francis Goes to Africa, With Renewed Focus on Poverty and Climate," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Cyclone.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyclones. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for cyclone

cyclone

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How to pronounce Cyclone (audio)

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

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