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



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


economic news that unleashed a hurricane on the trading floor

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Of the 100,000 delinquent mortgages, 50,600 are hurricane-related. Alexandre Tanzi,, "Hurricane-Related Loan Delinquencies Cause Havoc in Puerto Rico," 4 June 2018 Puerto Rico is still struggling with rebuilding from the massive storm, including contending with continued power cuts, as hurricane season approaches again. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Hurricane Maria’s Death Toll in Puerto Rico May Exceed 4,600, Thousands Higher Than Initial Count," 29 May 2018 The first named storm of this year’s hurricane season is here. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "The First Storm of the 2018 Hurricane Season Is Officially Here," 25 May 2018 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,, "Fair Skies And Mild Temperatures Sunday," 9 June 2018

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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


Spanish huracán, from Taino hurakán


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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, 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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