Definition of hurricane
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
Examples of hurricane in a Sentence
economic news that unleashed a hurricane on the trading floor
Recent Examples of hurricane from the Web
School uniforms can make getting dressed each morning a breeze, but the initial investment to purchase each piece can feel more like a hurricane on your budget.
The hurricane center said the wave was producing disorganized rain and storms but had a chance to develop over the next few days -- even though there was dry air in the vicinity that could hamper its growth.
Here’s Brian McNoldy for The Post on how groups are changing hurricane outlooks as a result.
The $5 Drink of the Month is King Punch (rum and hurricane mix).
Yet, as of 2010, 39 percent of the U.S. population lived in coastal areas that feature greater risks of hurricane, floods and earthquakes.
The more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the less heat can escape into space, and the higher the average global temperature, which leads to rising sea levels, more droughts, and more intense hurricanes, among other consequences.
But glamorous waterfront homes are also most likely to disappear, get thrashed by a hurricane or swept away in a tsunami.
In the eye of the draft hurricane, the NBA's new first family eagerly awaits Adam Silver’s announcement: With the second pick, the Los Angeles Lakers select Lonzo Ball!
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Origin and Etymology of hurricane
Spanish huracán, from Taino hurakán
First Known Use: 1555See Words from the same year
Definition of hurricane
: having or being a glass chimney (see chimney 4) providing protection from wind a hurricane lamp
HURRICANE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hurricane for English Language Learners
: an extremely large, powerful, and destructive storm with very strong winds that occurs especially in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean
HURRICANE Defined for Kids
Definition of hurricane for Students
: a tropical cyclone with winds of 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour or greater usually accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning
History for hurricane
The word hurricane is borrowed by way of Spanish from the language of the Taino Indians who, prior to the Spanish conquest of the New World, lived in great numbers on Hispaniola (modern Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and other islands of the West Indies. Other English words owed to their language are barbecue, hammock, maize, and potato.
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