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

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If being hit by a hurricane wasn’t enough, The Christopher, a standby of five-star luxury on the island of St. Barth had to contend with a fire just before it was slated to open. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At," 9 Feb. 2019 And the situation will remain dangerous as the storm, which is still a hurricane, pushes inland. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Photos: what Hurricane Michael’s destruction looks like on the ground," 10 Oct. 2018 Unlike a hurricane or a flood, the loss of permafrost is silent, rarely dramatic, and never fatal. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Warming in the north continues as predicted," 23 June 2018 Just before the first day of spring, Winter Storm Ulmer brought hurricane-like conditions with strong wind gusts, heavy snow, and dangerously low air pressure to the Rockies, central and northern Plains, and the Upper Midwest. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "A Brutal Spring Snow Storm Is Going to Slam 200 Million People Across the U.S. This Week," 9 Apr. 2019 Due to its location, Curaçao is generally safe from hurricanes when other islands in the Caribbean are not as lucky come late summer. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019 Many tall plants are damaged by summer storms and hurricanes. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Caterpillar invasion isn't end for healthy tree," 14 July 2018 Last year, hurricanes knocked many drug factories in Puerto Rico and southern states out of commission for long stretches. Washington Post, "FDA to more aggressively tackle disruptive drug shortages," 12 July 2018 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

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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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