hurricane

noun
hur·ri·cane | \ˈhər-ə-ˌkān, -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

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

Examples of hurricane in a Sentence

Noun

economic news that unleashed a hurricane on the trading floor

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The removal of the generators is taking place in the midst of the 2018 hurricane season. NBC News, "U.S. plans to remove backup power generators in Puerto Rico. Officials worry it's hurricane season.," 11 July 2018 Heavy rains or a storm during hurricane season could also flush them, Havens said. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "What’s an algae bloom and how did it wind up sliming Florida’s biggest lake?," 10 July 2018 Forecasters have warned that this year’s hurricane season may be worse than usual. Alix Langone, Time, "Tropical Storm Chris Forecast to Become a Hurricane Early This Week," 8 July 2018 With hurricane season underway, people are cautiously optimistic, including Lafreniere. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "Rockport recovery," 21 June 2018 Recently the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, forecasted to be normal to above normal, changed to be close to normal because of cooling sea-surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Fair Skies And Mild Temperatures Sunday," 9 June 2018 Harvey, Irma and Maria were each among the five costliest hurricanes on record and collectively inflicted $265 billion in damages. Laignee Barron, Time, "FEMA Says It Was Significantly Unprepared When Hurricane Maria Hit Puerto Rico," 13 July 2018 Puerto Rico, when the hurricane happened, that was devastating for all of us. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Kim Viera's Music Video For "Como" With Daddy Yankee Celebrates Puerto Rico's Resilience," 13 July 2018 A week after the hurricane made landfall, according to the report, officials had been able to assess about half of the island’s wastewater treatment sites and did not have information on the status of 37 out of 69 hospitals. Arelis R. Hernandez, OrlandoSentinel.com, "FEMA admits failures in Puerto Rico disaster response, after-action report reveals," 13 July 2018

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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

Spanish huracán, from Taino hurakán

Adjective

see hurricane entry 1

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hurricane

noun

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, 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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