cyclone

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noun

cy·​clone ˈsī-ˌklōn How to pronounce cyclone (audio)
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a
: 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
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: any of various centrifugal devices for separating materials (such as solid particles from gases)
cyclonic adjective
cyclonically adverb

Cyclone

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trademark

Cy·​clone ˈsī-ˌklōn How to pronounce Cyclone (audio)
used for a chain-link fence

Example Sentences

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Noun
This cluster will be fueled by the cyclone’s exhaust and eventually become one single storm. Gerry Díaz, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2022 Otherworldly conditions sometimes had unexpected salutary effects, however; after an outbreak of cyclone-like dust devils threatened to scupper the rovers, NASA technicians prepared to grieve. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2022 In addition to comfortable seating, the Toto Drake Elongated Toilet features a powerful flush thanks to its double-cyclone technology. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Nov. 2022 However, the scientists did find an anticyclonic ring around the polar cyclone, which could support the theory that this shield-like barrier is needed to keep the configuration stable. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 27 Sep. 2022 Rapid intensification significantly increases the odds a cyclone becomes a major hurricane. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 27 Sep. 2022 The more than 1,200 miles of shores in the southern U.S. that line the Gulf of Mexico are no stranger to strong storms -- but that doesn't make potential damage from an approaching cyclone any less likely. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 26 Sep. 2022 The capital and northern provinces are recovering from a cyclone last month that caused floods and landslides and killed three people, according to Reuters. Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2022 Cate Blanchett is a force of nature, but then again, so is a blizzard, or a cyclone. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

modification of Greek kyklōma wheel, coil, from kykloun to go around, from kyklos circle

First Known Use

Noun

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of cyclone was in 1848

Dictionary Entries Near cyclone

Cite this Entry

“Cyclone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyclone. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

cyclone

noun

cy·​clone ˈsī-ˌklōn How to pronounce cyclone (audio)
1
: a storm or system of winds that rotates about a center of low atmospheric pressure, advances at a speed of 20 to 30 miles (30 to 50 kilometers) an hour, and often brings a great deal of rain
2
cyclonic adjective

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