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

Definition of hurricane

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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 Most notably, Miranda reprised his lead role in Hamilton in Puerto Rico to raise money for victims of the hurricane. Allison Crist, The Hollywood Reporter, "Lin-Manuel Miranda on "Gratifying" Experience of Filming 'In the Heights' Movie in Washington Heights," 8 Nov. 2019 The hurricane winds felled the once-abundant mango trees, and papaya trees have sprung up in their place, changing the estate's ecology once again. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Caribbean excavation offers intimate look at the lives of enslaved Africans," 7 Nov. 2019 Its sea captain builder designed the four-pointed gable roof to be hurricane resistant. Nancy Moreland,, "Old Florida is alive and well in sunny Stuart, where the past won’t be forgotten," 29 Oct. 2019 After the hurricane, Wendy Kopp, T.F.A.’s founder and the wife of the KIPP Foundation’s CEO, sent recruits to New Orleans to replace many of the city’s fired African-American teachers. Andrea Gabor, Harper's magazine, "The K-12 Takeover," 28 Oct. 2019 Parts of the city that weren't doing all that well even before the hurricane hit. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "The tension runs deep in police thriller 'Black and Blue' with Naomie Harris," 25 Oct. 2019 Hurricane Dorian was the strongest hurricane to strike the Bahamas since such record-keeping began in 1851. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "8 tornadoes later, Nestor's rains are helping more than hurting parched Southeast, East," 20 Oct. 2019 But this time, the endless scandals surrounding President Donald Trump turned out to be an even bigger hurricane. Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Without Shepard Smith, Fox News fans will get more of what they want: Trump propaganda," 12 Oct. 2019 Lorenzo previously was a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest storm ever observed so far north and east in the Atlantic basin. Fox News, "Hurricane Lorenzo lashes Azores with high waves, heavy rain as storm takes aim at British Isles," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hurricane


1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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13 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hurricane.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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


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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