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

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

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From the start of the film, strange things are happening—the small Mexican town of Ixtenco has been reduced to ruins by what residents call a cyclone with a face. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Review: “Spider-Man: Far from Home” Presents the Illusion of a Good Movie," 1 July 2019 That famine, in which up to 3m Bengalis died, followed a devastating cyclone. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 Maryland is in the midst of its biggest spate of tornadoes in years, but some storm damage last week didn’t come from a cyclone — but what are known as macrobursts. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Not a tornado — a macroburst: Here's what caused storm damage in Baltimore, Harford counties last week," 4 June 2019 Each cyclone measures several thousand miles across. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "9 massive cyclones with Category 5 hurricane wind speeds discovered on Jupiter," 7 Mar. 2018 Authorities have evacuated nearly 300,000 people from India's western coastline ahead of a very severe cyclone that's expected to make landfall as the year's second major storm. Fox News, "Cyclone batters fishing hub but veers away from Indian coast," 13 June 2019 With its flotilla of satellites crisscrossing the tropical oceans, CYGNSS can see through the thick clouds of cyclones. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "NASA overcomes military's GPS tweaks to peer inside hurricanes," 12 June 2019 Meticulous statistical analysis of cyclones from 2000 to 2012 provides a convincing model of how economic activity is impacted and recovers. Adam Moolna, Quartz India, "How mangroves could protect us from storms like Cyclone Fani," 7 June 2019 The effects of climate disaster are already here: cyclones, tsunamis, wildfires, toxic air, disappearing islands. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Climate Disaster Is a Labor Issue. Here's Why.," 23 May 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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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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