hurricane

noun
hur·​ri·​cane | \ ˈhər-ə-ˌkān How to pronounce hurricane (audio) , -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

The president stressed tax cuts, the strong economy and the hurricane response in the state. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump escalates immigration rhetoric at rally to boost Cruz," 22 Oct. 2018 When the hurricane slammed Puerto Rico, Frankel resolved to get on a plane. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 And understanding that storms will be larger and more powerful in the future can inform rebuilding efforts after the hurricane has passed, even when the current administration has loosened building regulations in flood-prone areas. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Hurricane Florence will dump up to 50 percent more rainfall due to climate change," 13 Sep. 2018 Tropical Storm Chris, spinning in the Atlantic about 200 miles from Cape Hatteras, well is expected to grow into hurricane, later Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Anthony R. Wood, Philly.com, "Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane and affect Jersey beaches; Beryl making comeback?," 10 July 2018 The National Hurricane Center upgraded what was formerly Tropical Storm Beryl to a Category 1 hurricane on Friday morning. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Hurricane Beryl becomes first of 2018 Atlantic season," 6 July 2018 Although hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1, a tropical system off the Yucatan Peninsula has become Subtropical Storm Alberto as of 11 a.m. Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Brandon Miller, CNN, "Subtropical Storm Alberto eyes Gulf Coast for Memorial Day weekend," 25 May 2018 Since the start of the storm on Tuesday, the pressure has already dropped 27 millibars, which means the storm is in hurricane territory. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "A Bomb Cyclone Will Slam 70 Million People Across the U.S. Because Winter Just Won't Quit," 13 Mar. 2019 Like Saffir-Simpson, the RealImpact scale will measure hurricanes on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most strenuous. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "AccuWeather Unveils Its Own Hurricane Scale," 14 Jan. 2019

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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 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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