hurricane

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

Essential Meaning of hurricane

: an extremely large, powerful, and destructive storm with very strong winds that occurs especially in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean

Full Definition of hurricane

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a tropical cyclone with winds of 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour or greater that is usually accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning, and that sometimes moves into temperate latitudes

Note: Hurricane has traditionally been used especially when naming or referring to storms occurring in the western Atlantic; it is used for storms in the northeastern Pacific as well.

The people who bought homes there would never find out the truth, unless a hurricane came and blew off their roofs and knocked down their walls.— Carl Hiassen A few days after Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, a small group of strangers on bicycles showed up in the Algiers neighborhood, knocking on doors and asking if anyone needed medical attention.— Tim Shorrock The most recent system was Hurricane Erick, which charged towards Hawaii with winds topping 130mph as a category four system.— Katie Sewell — compare typhoon — 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

Examples of hurricane in a Sentence

Noun economic news that unleashed a hurricane on the trading floor
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dexter abandoned his young son, faked his death by sailing into a hurricane and wound up as a lumberjack-looking person in a logging town. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 3 Nov. 2021 These crosswinds united into an anti-Google hurricane. Zenger News, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 In 2018, Hurricane Michael rapidly intensified into a Category 5 hurricane three days before making landfall on Florida’s panhandle. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Oct. 2021 Tropical Storm Pamela formed on Sunday before gradually strengthening into a hurricane. Julia Musto, Fox News, 15 Oct. 2021 It is forecast to track northwest and continue to strengthen into a hurricane in the coming days. Derek Van Dam, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 Hurricane Sam formed far in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday and is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane — Category 3 or higher — during the weekend. David Schutz, sun-sentinel.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Sam could whip up into a major hurricane before approaching the islands of the northern Caribbean next week, Accuweather said. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2021 Forecasters say Nicholas will likely make landfall between Corpus Christi and Galveston, and could strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 13 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The year began with a devastating winter freeze in Texas, which led to the state’s largest non-hurricane weather loss event. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2021 The year began with a devastating winter freeze in Texas, which led to the state’s largest non-hurricane weather loss event. Kathy Orton, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Dec. 2021 Washington’s approach to post-hurricane recovery may well be incentivizing bad behaviors. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 For shipbuilders, post-hurricane federal largesse is enormous. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 The identification of a final victim marks the conclusion to one step of a rescue-and-recovery process that was the largest non-hurricane disaster response in Florida’s history. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 At a press conference on Monday, New Orleans Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Collin Arnold warned residents to stay away from the post-hurricane aftermath. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 30 Aug. 2021 Post-hurricane refining outages can last weeks or months, as Houston saw after Hurricane Harvey four years ago. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 The identification of a final victim marks the conclusion to one step of a rescue-and-recovery process that was the largest non-hurricane disaster response in Florida’s history. Washington Post, 27 July 2021

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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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19 Jan 2022

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“Hurricane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hurricane. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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