ty·​phoon | \ tī-ˈfün How to pronounce typhoon (audio) \

Definition of typhoon

1 : a hurricane occurring especially in the region of the Philippines or the China sea
2 : whirlwind sense 2a a typhoon of activity

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Trump landed in Osaka, Japan, for the annual Group of 20 summit amid a tropical cyclone that is predicted to turn into a typhoon — a possible metaphor for the four days of high-stakes diplomacy that lie ahead. Jonathan Lemire, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump arrives in Japan for high-stakes meetings at G20 summit," 27 June 2019 The radio occultation system will also collect more information about the equatorial oceans, the spawning ground of the hurricanes and typhoons that batter the world's coastlines. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Weather Forecasts Will Soon Use Weird, Bendy GPS Signals," 18 June 2019 The four-stage solid propellant rocket carried seven satellites into orbit, including one for measuring sea surface winds for typhoon forecasting. Echo Huang, Quartz, "China’s carmakers are now sponsoring rocket launches," 9 June 2019 Climate change is more than rising temperatures, and the increased frequency and intensity of cyclones, hurricanes, and typhoons is apparent. Adam Moolna, Quartz India, "How mangroves could protect us from storms like Cyclone Fani," 7 June 2019 The typhoon first made landfall on Japan’s southwestern island of Shikoku and then again near Kobe on Honshu. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Strong typhoon slams western Japan; 8 dead, airport flooded," 4 Sep. 2018 The economy shrank in the previous quarter partly due to a typhoon that closed a major airport and an earthquake that left the northern island of Hokkaido without electricity for two days. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Japanese Economy Scores Rebound," 13 Feb. 2019 Jiangmen, the Guangdong city where the typhoon made landfall, estimated financial losses would exceed $270 million. John Lyons, WSJ, "A Search for Survivors as Typhoon Mangkhut Cleanup Begins," 17 Sep. 2018 The quake came on the heels of a typhoon that lifted heavy trucks off their wheels and triggered major flooding in western Japan, and damaged the main airport near Osaka and Kobe. Fox News, "Japan quake toll up to 16 as rescuers dig through landslides," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of typhoon

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for typhoon

alteration (influenced by Chin — Guangdong — daaih-fùng, from daaih big + fùng wind) of earlier touffon, from Arabic ṭūfān hurricane, from Greek typhōn violent storm

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English Language Learners Definition of typhoon

: an extremely large, powerful, and destructive storm that occurs especially in the region of the Philippines or the China Sea


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Kids Definition of typhoon

: a tropical cyclone in the region of the Philippines or the China Sea

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