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hurricane

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noun hur·ri·cane \ˈhər-ə-ˌkān, -i-kən, ˈhə-rə-, ˈhə-ri-\

Definition of hurricane

  1. 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. 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

  1. economic news that unleashed a hurricane on the trading floor

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Origin and Etymology of hurricane

Spanish huracán, from Taino hurakán

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hurricane

adjective hur·ri·cane

Definition of hurricane

  1. :  having or being a glass chimney (see chimney 4) providing protection from wind a hurricane lamp

Origin and Etymology of hurricane

see 1hurricane


HURRICANE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

hurricane

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noun hur·ri·cane \ˈhər-ə-ˌkān, ˈhər-i-kən\

Definition of hurricane for Students

  1. :  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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