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

Definition of cyclone

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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)


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

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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 On the heels of Cyclone Idai (where over 1000 people lost their lives) this cyclone will leave the people of Mozambique victim to catastrophic flooding, food insecurity, displacement, and obliteration of their homes and villages. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Celebrate the Commonwealth's 70th Anniversary," 26 Apr. 2019 As kids push it around, colorful balls swirl around the clear, cylindrical body, just like a cyclone of dust would in a real vacuum. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Dyson Is Selling a $30 Toy Vacuum for Kids That Actually Works," 27 Nov. 2018 Meteorologists predict that the strength of this unlikely spring blizzard may rival the bomb cyclone that slammed more than 70 million people in March. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "A Brutal Spring Snow Storm Is Going to Slam 200 Million People Across the U.S. This Week," 9 Apr. 2019 Advertising The cyclone also killed at least 259 people in Zimbabwe and 56 in Malawi. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, The Seattle Times, "Mozambique says cholera cases up to 271 in cyclone-hit city," 31 Mar. 2019 Meteorologists warned of the high probability that a Mediterranean cyclone known as a medicane — which combines the words Mediterranean and hurricane — could form Friday in the Ionian Sea southwest of the Greek mainland. Elena Becatoros And Derek Gatopoulos, Fox News, "Cyclone warning as gale-force winds batter Greece," 27 Sep. 2018 The death toll in Mozambique from the cyclone has risen to 468, according to Mozambican authorities cited by the Portuguese news agency Lusa. Nqobile Ntshangase, The Seattle Times, "‘Second disaster’ warned in Mozambique as cholera a concern," 26 Mar. 2019 The cyclone struck mainland Oman and Yemen early Saturday, dumping nearly three years' worth of rain on Salalah in 24 hours. Fox News, "Oman raises death toll in aftermath of Cyclone Mekunu to 6," 28 May 2018

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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

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The first known use of cyclone was in 1848

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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
2 : tornado

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