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hur·​ri·​cane ˈhər-ə-ˌkān How to pronounce hurricane (audio)
: 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
: something resembling a hurricane especially in its turmoil
a rushing hurricane of blows struck him as he stood upDonn Byrne


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

Examples of hurricane in a Sentence

Noun economic news that unleashed a hurricane on the trading floor
Recent Examples on the Web
However, summer brings sweltering heat and hurricane season, which runs through the end of November. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 17 July 2024 As the Atlantic Ocean braces for an active hurricane season, the Texas coast may soon be tested again. Umair Irfan, Vox, 17 July 2024
Lee County health officials earlier this month warned people that the post-hurricane environment – including warm, standing water – could pose a danger from the potentially deadly bacteria. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2022 The rocket, known as the Space Launch System and standing 322 feet tall with its payload on top, appears to be pretty hurricane resistant. Kenneth Chang,, 15 Nov. 2022 See all Example Sentences for hurricane 

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Word History


Noun and Adjective

Spanish huracán, from Taino hurakán

First Known Use


1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hurricane was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“Hurricane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a cyclone formed in the tropics with winds of 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour or greater that is usually accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning

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