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

Definition of hurricane

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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


economic news that unleashed a hurricane on the trading floor

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That argument works for the physical damage from extra floods, hurricanes and so on, an area where the Fed agrees that banks and insurers need checks. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "The Downsides of Central Bank Mission Creep," 18 June 2019 The radio occultation system will also collect more information about the equatorial oceans, the spawning ground of the hurricanes and typhoons that batter the world's coastlines. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Weather Forecasts Will Soon Use Weird, Bendy GPS Signals," 18 June 2019 The youngest, Levi Draheim, who is now eleven, lives in the barrier-island community of Satellite Beach, Florida, which his family has been forced to evacuate several times, due to hurricanes and floods. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Right to a Stable Climate Is the Constitutional Question of the Twenty-first Century," 15 June 2019 In the Northern Hemisphere’s summer, El Nino promotes wind shear across the Atlantic that can tear apart budding tropical storms and hurricanes. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Forecast for El Nino’s ability to limit hurricanes this year is ‘murky’," 14 June 2019 The agencies say this could reduce the accuracy of forecasts for hurricanes and other storms. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai says NOAA and NASA are wrong about 5G harming weather forecasts," 13 June 2019 The Federal Aviation Administration prohibits flying your drone over any emergency or rescue operations including, hurricanes and wildfires, according to the FAA website. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Coconino National Forest incident latest reminder that drones, wildfires don't mix," 10 June 2019 Climate change is more than rising temperatures, and the increased frequency and intensity of cyclones, hurricanes, and typhoons is apparent. Adam Moolna, Quartz India, "How mangroves could protect us from storms like Cyclone Fani," 7 June 2019 But El Niño can cause wind shear to develop there that can rip apart budding tropical storms and hurricanes. Brian K. Sullivan, The Denver Post, "Colorado State University adds one big storm to forecasts for this year’s hurricane season," 4 June 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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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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