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



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


economic news that unleashed a hurricane on the trading floor

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Coastal sections of the southeast U.S. could get 4 to 8 inches with up to 12 inches in certain spots, and the rainfall might cause life-threatening flash floods, the hurricane center said. Fox News, "Hurricane Dorian nears Category 5 with 150 mph winds, Trump warns it could be one of the 'strongest' storms in decades," 1 Sep. 2019 The northwestern Bahamas also could get 10 to 25 inches of rain, the hurricane center said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Hurricane Dorian is forecast to slam the northern Bahamas with devastating wind and rain that could last 24 hours," 1 Sep. 2019 Large, destructive waves are also likely, the hurricane center says. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Dorian strengthens as it hurtles toward Florida, but could shift north along coast," 31 Aug. 2019 The hurricane center’s projected track showed the storm hitting near West Palm Beach. Adriana Gomez Licon And Ellis Rua,, "Florida waits, and worries: Hurricane Dorian is looking increasingly dire," 30 Aug. 2019 With the Category 4 hurricane expected to make landfall late Monday or early Tuesday off the Atlantic Coast, the water was flown from Denver International Airport on Friday to Miami, Ft. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Coloradans send drinking water to Florida as Hurricane Dorian nears coast," 30 Aug. 2019 And then, some surprises: flashes of brightness from lightning strikes within the hurricane. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Watch: Lightning inside Hurricane Dorian, now Category 3," 30 Aug. 2019 The hurricane center predicts Dorian will make landfall on Labor Day as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds. Washington Post, "Atmospheric battle will determine where Dorian hits Florida," 29 Aug. 2019 Isolated rainfall accumulations of 12 inches are also expected, the hurricane center reported, adding that the rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods. Brian K. Sullivan, Fortune, "Hurricane Dorian Update: Headed to Florida as a Category 4 Storm," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hurricane


1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hurricane

Noun and Adjective

Spanish huracán, from Taino hurakán

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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


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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