hurricane

noun
hur·​ri·​cane | \ ˈhər-ə-ˌkān How to pronounce hurricane (audio) , -i-kən, ˈhə-rə-, ˈhə-ri- \

Definition of hurricane

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1 : a tropical cyclone with winds of 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour or greater that is usually accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning, and that sometimes moves into temperate latitudes

Note: Hurricane has traditionally been used especially when naming or referring to storms occurring in the western Atlantic; it is used for storms in the northeastern Pacific as well.

The people who bought homes there would never find out the truth, unless a hurricane came and blew off their roofs and knocked down their walls.— Carl Hiassen A few days after Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, a small group of strangers on bicycles showed up in the Algiers neighborhood, knocking on doors and asking if anyone needed medical attention.— Tim Shorrock The most recent system was Hurricane Erick, which charged towards Hawaii with winds topping 130mph as a category four system.— Katie Sewell — compare typhoon — see Beaufort Scale Table
2 : something resembling a hurricane especially in its turmoil a rushing hurricane of blows struck him as he stood up— Donn Byrne

hurricane

adjective

Definition of hurricane (Entry 2 of 2)

: having or being a glass chimney (see chimney sense 4) providing protection from wind a hurricane lamp

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Examples of hurricane in a Sentence

Noun economic news that unleashed a hurricane on the trading floor
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Iota is expected to become a hurricane at sea this weekend. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Tropical Storm Iota forecast to hit storm-ravaged Central America as a major hurricane early next week," 14 Nov. 2020 There have now been 30 total storms in 2020, named or unnamed, and Eta was the 12th to become a hurricane. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Subtropical Storm Theta makes 2020 most active hurricane season on record," 10 Nov. 2020 The storm, forecast to become a hurricane by Monday, currently has maximum winds of 40 mph that are only expected to gain steam. NBC News, "Tropical Storm Eta targets Central America, ties record for most storms named in a season," 1 Nov. 2020 Hurricane Zeta has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but is forecast to strengthen and become a hurricane again later on Tuesday, reports Henry Fountain of the New York Times. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Zeta, 2020’s 27th Named Storm, Bears Down on Louisiana," 28 Oct. 2020 The storm is expected to become a hurricane on Monday, taking a track similar to Hurricane Delta, striking near Cancun and then heading towards the Northern Gulf Coast. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Tropical Storm Zeta expected to strengthen into hurricane and make landfall on Gulf Coast," 26 Oct. 2020 Zeta is forecast to become a minimal hurricane before reaching the Yucatán near Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen on Monday night. Brandon Noriega, Fox News, "Tropical Storm Zeta 'rapidly strengthening' on way to Yucatan, takes aim at US Gulf Coast," 26 Oct. 2020 Tropical Storm Epsilon is expected to become a hurricane this week in the Atlantic, forecasters said Tuesday morning. Carlie Wells, NOLA.com, "Forecasters tracking 2 disturbances in Caribbean and Atlantic, including Tropical Storm Epsilon," 20 Oct. 2020 The storm is forecast by the National Hurricane Center to become a hurricane on Wednesday. courant.com, "No letup in storm season," 19 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 83% of single mothers could not return to their homes two years post-hurricane. Katica Roy, Fortune, "In tackling the country’s biggest problems, Biden and Harris need to prioritize gender and racial equity," 17 Dec. 2020 Fifteen of the 22 billion-dollar droughts in the past 30 years hit states west of the Rockies, while 23 of the 28 billion-dollar non-hurricane flooding events were to the east. Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Climate change magnifies weather extremes, with parts of US on fire while others are underwater," 20 Sep. 2020 Fifteen of the 22 billion-dollar droughts in the past 30 years hit states west of the Rockies, while 23 of the 28 billion-dollar non-hurricane flooding events were to the east. Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Climate change magnifies weather extremes, with parts of US on fire while others are underwater," 20 Sep. 2020 Fifteen of the 22 billion-dollar droughts in the past 30 years hit states west of the Rockies, while 23 of the 28 billion-dollar non-hurricane flooding events were to the east. Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Climate change magnifies weather extremes, with parts of US on fire while others are underwater," 20 Sep. 2020 Fifteen of the 22 billion-dollar droughts in the past 30 years hit states west of the Rockies, while 23 of the 28 billion-dollar non-hurricane flooding events were to the east. Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Climate change magnifies weather extremes, with parts of US on fire while others are underwater," 20 Sep. 2020 Fifteen of the 22 billion-dollar droughts in the past 30 years hit states west of the Rockies, while 23 of the 28 billion-dollar non-hurricane flooding events were to the east. Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Climate change magnifies weather extremes, with parts of US on fire while others are underwater," 20 Sep. 2020 Fifteen of the 22 billion-dollar droughts in the past 30 years hit states west of the Rockies, while 23 of the 28 billion-dollar non-hurricane flooding events were to the east. Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Climate change magnifies weather extremes, with parts of US on fire while others are underwater," 20 Sep. 2020 Fifteen of the 22 billion-dollar droughts in the past 30 years hit states west of the Rockies, while 23 of the 28 billion-dollar non-hurricane flooding events were to the east. Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Climate change magnifies weather extremes, with parts of US on fire while others are underwater," 20 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of hurricane

Noun

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hurricane

Noun and Adjective

Spanish huracán, from Taino hurakán

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The first known use of hurricane was in 1555

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6 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hurricane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hurricane. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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hurricane

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English Language Learners Definition of hurricane

: an extremely large, powerful, and destructive storm with very strong winds that occurs especially in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean

hurricane

noun
hur·​ri·​cane | \ ˈhər-ə-ˌkān How to pronounce hurricane (audio) , ˈhər-i-kən \

Kids Definition of hurricane

: a tropical cyclone with winds of 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour or greater usually accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning

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