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

As with hurricane season in the Caribbean, travelers are wising up to fire season in the West. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Wildfire Smoke Is Here to Stay," 5 June 2019 Here is a batch of dinning discounts and specials that will help ease you into hurricane season and the long, hot summer ahead. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "25 - and counting - summer 2019 dining deals in New Orleans," 5 June 2019 Thankfully, experts predict a slightly below-average hurricane season in the Atlantic for 2019. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "The First Named Storm of Hurricane Season Has Arrived," 21 May 2019 Bay County has spent more than $660 million on rebuilding since the hurricane, including roughly $400 million on debris removal alone. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Hurricane-Torn Air Force Base’s Recovery Stalls as Congress Lingers on Disaster Aid," 4 May 2019 Dee Dee had already convinced doctors that Gypsy Rose's medical records were lost in the hurricane, along with many of their belongings. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "How True Is 'The Act'? The Hulu Series' Backstory Is Chilling," 20 Mar. 2019 In some ways, the minimal damage and recovery offer a beacon of hope to communities facing down other natural hazards, whether that’s hurricanes, fires, floods, rising sea levels, or more earthquakes. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "How Alaska fixed its earthquake-shattered roads in just days," 8 Dec. 2018 Blackouts due to extreme weather (hurricanes, floods, wildfires) are on the rise, in part due to climate change, which is only going to get worse. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 With a steady onslaught of hurricanes, sea-level rise, and land subsidence, the island’s very existence is improbable. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 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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