cyclone

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noun

cy·​clone ˈsī-ˌklōn How to pronounce cyclone (audio)
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: 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
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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

Examples of cyclone in a Sentence

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Noun
Instead, cyclones like a stable atmosphere, which allows their winds to get swirling and intensifying. Matt Simon, WIRED, 2 May 2024 Last year, 37 people were killed in the same region of Brazil by torrential rains and punishing winds caused by a cyclone. Ana Ionova, New York Times, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for cyclone 

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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

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“Cyclone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyclone. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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
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cyclonic adjective

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