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Cyclone

Cy′clone

(s?′kl?n)
,
Noun.
[Gr.[GREEK][GREEK][GREEK][GREEK][GREEK] moving in a circle, p. pr. of [GREEK][GREEK][GREEK][GREEK][GREEK], fr.
κύκλοσ
circle.]
1.
(Meteor.)
A violent storm, often of vast extent, characterized by high winds rotating about a calm center of low atmospheric pressure. This center moves onward, often with a velocity of twenty or thirty miles an hour.
☞ The atmospheric disturbance usually accompanying a cyclone, marked by an onward moving area of high pressure, is called an anticyclone.

Definition 2022


cyclone

cyclone

English

Noun

cyclone (plural cyclones)

  1. A system of winds rotating around a center of low atmospheric pressure.
  2. A low pressure system.
  3. (informal) The more or less violent, small-scale circulations such as tornadoes, waterspouts, and dust devils.
  4. A strong wind.
  5. A Southeastern and Indian Ocean weather phenomenon that results in wind speeds of around 150 to 200 km/h.
  6. A cyclone separator; the cylindrical vortex tube within such a separator

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French

Etymology

From Ancient Greek κυκλῶν (kuklôn), present active participle of κυκλόω (kuklóō, I encircle), from κύκλος (kúklos, circle)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /si.klon/

Noun

cyclone m (plural cyclones)

  1. cyclone (rotating system of winds)