Definition of cycle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪkl//
    Cycling, Trends, Types of vehicle
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  1. 1   a bicycle or motorcycle We went for a cycle ride on Sunday. a cycle route/track see also bike See related entries: Cycling, Types of vehicle
  2. 2  the fact of a series of events being repeated many times, always in the same order the cycle of the seasons They could not break the cycle of harvest failure, food shortage, price increase and misery. see also life cycle, water cycle See related entries: Trends
  3. 3a complete set or series, for example of movements in a machine eight cycles per second the rinse cycle (= in a washing machine)
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin cyclus, from Greek kuklos ‘circle’.Extra examples Cars are not allowed in the cycle lanes. Life is a natural cycle, just like the changing seasons. Male and female adults mate, the female lays eggs, and the cycle begins all over again. The European market is simply going through an economic cycle. The number of young produced per breeding cycle varies from species to species. They completed their journey by cycle. This cycle of events continually repeats itself. To complete the cycle, oxygen is necessary. We’re going for a cycle ride this afternoon. a diagram of the water cycle at this point in the cycle caught up in a vicious cycle of bingeing and dieting lots of people in cars or on cycles part of the cycle of birth and death the 76-year solar cycle the annual cycle of church festivals the life cycle of the butterfly women with irregular menstrual cycles They could not break the cycle of harvest failure, food shortages, price increases and misery.
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