ty·​phoon | \tī-ˈfün \

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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What to Watch Trami, the 24th typhoon of this season, will be far from the last, especially since the season last through November. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Typhoon Trami Will Affect Your Travel," 1 Oct. 2018 Originally scheduled to launch on September 11, Japan Standard Time, bad weather from a typhoon forced flight controllers to delay the liftoff. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX says it would launch weapons, Bezos plays for defense, too," 21 Sep. 2018 The launch was supposed to occur on September 11, but a typhoon has delayed it to an unknown date. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Japan is trying to build an elevator to space," 12 Sep. 2018 To understand why rapid intensification matters, consider the globe’s current population of tropical cyclones (which are variously termed hurricanes, typhoons and just cyclones, depending on the region). Chris Mooney, The Seattle Times, "Category 6? Climate change may cause more hurricanes to rapidly intensify.," 11 Sep. 2018 British storm tracking website Tropical Storm Risk listed Maria as a Category 3 typhoon on Tuesday on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the strongest. Fox News, "Taiwan orders evacuations as season's 1st typhoon approaches," 10 July 2018 Hurricanes, tropical cyclones and typhoons are all the same thing. Tom Cohen, Washington Post, "Ten weather facts every layperson should know, from a layperson," 11 Apr. 2018 This area is usually considered one of the safest in Japan, sheltered from typhoons and with little history of deadly earthquakes or tsunamis. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Amid Japan’s Flood Devastation, Survivors Dig Out," 9 July 2018 Landslides are a particular concern on the mountainous island, where a village was buried during a 2009 typhoon, killing about 700 people. Fox News, "Taiwan orders evacuations as season's 1st typhoon approaches," 10 July 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


ty·​phoon | \tī-ˈfün \

Kids Definition of typhoon

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

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