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

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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

Lucy Hale The actress seems to be ringing in 2019 from NoLa (please have a hurricane for us). Abby Gardner, Glamour, "How All Your Favorite Celebrities Celebrated New Year's Eve 2018," 31 Dec. 2018 Facebook is also testing Local Alerts with 100 local government and first-responder Pages that can be issued to inform citizens about urgent issues or emergencies, such as where to take shelter from a hurricane. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: ‘I don’t think Amazon understands how close they are to blowing themselves up’," 29 Nov. 2018 The media assault will escalate into a nonstop hurricane. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump Ridicules Republicans," 28 Nov. 2018 But some of the most vulnerable victims of hurricanes are pets. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "How to Protect Your Pet During Hurricane Florence," 11 Sep. 2018 The hurricane was responsible for at least 18 deaths in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, and the toll is likely to climb, federal officials said Sunday. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Search-and-Rescue Crews Comb Florida Panhandle," 14 Oct. 2018 Beyond these shores—and despite a harrowing hurricane season in 2017—resorts in the Caribbean, and on the island of St. Barts in particular are among your perennial favorites. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Do the Readers' Choice Awards Work?," 9 Oct. 2018 People like Mills can be lulled into thinking a hurricane is less dangerous when the rating of a storm is reduced. Fox News, "Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain," 18 Sep. 2018 People like Mills can be lulled into thinking a hurricane is less dangerous when the rating of a storm is reduced. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain," 18 Sep. 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 and Adjective

Spanish huracán, from Taino hurakán

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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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