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

Cyclone

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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 Cyclone (audio) \ adjective
cyclonically \ sī-​ˈklä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce Cyclone (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cyclone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There's currently a zero percent chance of a cyclone hitting the U.S. within 48 hours. Karly Williams, Chron, 7 Sep. 2021 New York hasn’t had a direct hit from a powerful cyclone since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in 2012. Nelly Ontiveros, orlandosentinel.com, 23 Aug. 2021 New York hasn’t had a direct hit from a powerful cyclone since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in 2012. David Klepper, chicagotribune.com, 22 Aug. 2021 New York hasn't had a direct hit from a powerful cyclone since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in 2012. Michael Hill, ajc, 22 Aug. 2021 New York hasn't had a direct hit from a powerful cyclone since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in 2012. Arkansas Online, 22 Aug. 2021 New York hasn’t had a direct hit from a powerful cyclone since Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc in 2012. Michael Hill, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2021 India recorded at least 20 dead and 125 missing at sea following the cyclone's arrival, which knocked out electricity in Goa. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 18 May 2021 Covid patients were among the hundreds of thousands evacuated from low-lying areas this week as the region braced for the cyclone's arrival. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 18 May 2021

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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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“Cyclone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyclone. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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cyclone

noun

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
2 : tornado

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