The fact that it [the pump] runs constantly may be a bad sign. It may be cycling the water, not removing it.—Popular Mechanics
Everything is constantly cycled in nature. There is abundant waste in nature, just as there is in industry, but in nature waste constantly flows back into living systems.—Paul Hawken and William McDonough
We have to wait for the dishwasher's wash and dry cycles to end.
the spin cycle on a washing machine
He rode his cycle into town. Verb
The water is cycled back into the system after it has been used.
The water cycles back into the system.
Recent Examples on the Web
The hope had been to have a virtuous cycle of reuse; but engineers realized that even desalinating water would require a level of clean energy beyond reach, short of blanketing Abu Dhabi in solar panels.—Chico Harlan, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that Virginia State University in Petersburg will host the second debate of the 2024 general election cycle Oct. 1.—Isabela Espadas Barros Leal, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2023 The process has completed more than 8,000 operational cycles.—Aaron Gettinger, arkansasonline.com, 21 Nov. 2023 Commitments to moral principles not only spark retribution, but also serve as the fuel that perpetuates vicious cycles of vengeance.—Joshua Rottman, Scientific American, 20 Nov. 2023 One best practice Choudhury has personally tried: Kicking off every annual planning cycle with opening up the team calendar and jointly agreeing which days are in person—and sticking to what the team agrees on.—Jane Thier, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 Grace is proud to serve as an ambassador for the Good+ Foundation, a nonprofit working to break the cycle of family poverty.—Grace Bastidas, Parents, 18 Nov. 2023 The following day, Wilson went on a three-hour cycle before meeting up with fellow professional cyclist Colin Strickland.—Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 That cooled fluid was then pumped out to exchange heat with a separate environment, allowing the cycle to be repeated.—John Timmer, Ars Technica, 16 Nov. 2023
Over the next few years, the group gigged regularly, often playing Motown covers, and cycled through a few names before eventually settling on Kool and the Gang and setting out to write their own material.—Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2023 The video then cycles through a series of then-and-now pictures and videos of the band in their salad days and a sure-to-be-talked-about sequence in which archival shots of Lennon and Harrison are spliced in aside present-day McCartney and Starr in a recording session.—Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 3 Nov. 2023 As Sabbath, Turturro is onstage virtually the entire play, speaking for much of that time and cycling through emotions like excitement and pity, desire and tenderness, depression and optimism.—Marc Tracy, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2023 Investigators said the women advertised on the websites were updated frequently, and sometimes cycled between the Virginia and Boston area locations.—Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 And few will be scrutinized more than whoever is handling the ball, considering the numerous guards the team has cycled through in recent seasons.—Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2023 But my most recent colonoscopy (taken right before my symptoms started escalating) showed nothing had changed, so my doctor brushed me off and kept cycling me through the same couple of medications.—Condé Nast, SELF, 25 Sep. 2023 Certainly, imperfect against Texas but still looks like the best option after cycling the next two contenders through the real-world test.—Michael Casagrande | McAsagrande@al.com, al, 16 Sep. 2023 Swipe to the left to cycle through all the different options.—WIRED, 27 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English cicle, from Late Latin cyclus, from Greek kyklos circle, wheel, cycle — more at wheel