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



    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪkləʊn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪkloʊn//
    Natural disasters, Wind
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  1. 1a violent tropical storm in which strong winds move in a circle The cyclone struck the village late last night. compare hurricane, typhoon Wordfinderavalanche, cyclone, disaster, earthquake, eruption, flood, hurricane, landslide, tornado, tsunami See related entries: Natural disasters, Wind
  2. 2(specialist) (in meteorology) a weather condition in which the pressure of the air becomes lower, often causing wind and rain As cyclones move inland, they become an important source of rain. compare depression (5), anticyclone
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: probably from Greek kuklōma ‘wheel, coil of a snake’, from kuklos ‘circle’. The change of spelling from -m to -n is unexplained.Extra examples Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin on Christmas Eve, 1974. In 1974 Darwin was devastated by Cyclone Tracy. The islands have been devastated by cyclones in recent months. trees damaged in the cyclone Cyclones are anticlockwise in the northern hemisphere. The island was hit by a cyclone which caused considerable damage.

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