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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from cyclone


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 Madsen was alone in the ocean for 60 days, rowing more 1,100 nautical miles, before dying apparently after entering the water to fix her anchor before an impending cyclone. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Inspired by Paralympian, Phoenix woman rows solo across Lake Ontario," 2 Sep. 2020 While the cyclone’s storm surge does not, at writing, seem as bad as feared, the storm was a monster, subjecting cities to unrelenting tornado-force winds and prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Hurricane Laura and Our New Season of Disaster," 27 Aug. 2020 For a pirate fishing vessel, sailing through Indonesian waters was more dangerous than facing down a cyclone. Tristram Korten, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Hunt for the Modern-Day Pirates Who Steal Millions of Tons of Fish From the Seas," 21 Aug. 2020 The historically powerful cyclone made landfall near Cameron, La., around 1 a.m. Gusts of up to 132 mph and sustained winds of 98 mph thrashed Lake Charles, La., in the early hours of Thursday morning. Washington Post, "Hurricane Laura strikes Louisiana as Category 4 storm, battering Lake Charles area and bringing flood threat," 27 Aug. 2020 Train of tropical waves: Forecasters are watching for a third possible cyclone this week. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Wildfires everywhere," 19 Aug. 2020 However, a cyclone was forming in the Bay of Bengal—not that far away, but heading north. Herb Mccormick, Popular Science, "Five stories of sailors who weathered COVID-19 out at sea," 17 Aug. 2020 Then a cyclone began swirling over the thinning ice this week. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "With Fires, Heat and a Cyclone, Arctic Breaks Melting Record," 31 July 2020 My husband came home as a cyclone, ready to take down our house. Longreads, "Whatever Happened to ______ ?," 10 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cyclone.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cyclone

Time Traveler for cyclone

Time Traveler

The first known use of cyclone was in 1848

See more words from the same year

Statistics for cyclone

Last Updated

12 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cyclone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cyclone


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


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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on cyclone

What made you want to look up cyclone? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!