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Dictionary Definition

cycle

Noun

1 an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs; "the neverending cycle of the seasons" [syn: rhythm, round]
2 a series of poems or songs on the same theme; "schubert's song cycles"
3 a periodically repeated sequence of events; "a cycle of reprisal and retaliation"
4 the unit of frequency; one Hertz has a periodic interval of one second [syn: Hertz, Hz, cycle per second, cycles/second, cps]
5 a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon; "a year constitutes a cycle of the seasons" [syn: oscillation]
6 a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals [syn: bicycle, bike, wheel]

Verb

1 cause to go through a recurring sequence; "cycle thge laundry in this washing program"
2 pass through a cycle; "This machine automatically cycles"
3 ride a motorcycle [syn: motorcycle]
4 ride a bicycle [syn: bicycle, bike, pedal, wheel]
5 recur in repeating sequences

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • Pronunciation: /saikl/

Etymology

From cyclus, from κύκλος (kyklos).

Noun

  1. An interval of space or time in which one set of events or phenomena is completed.
  2. A complete rotation of anything.
  3. A process that returns to its beginning and then repeats itself in the same sequence.
  4. A series of poems, songs or other works of art
  5. A programme/program on a washing machine, dishwasher, etc.
    Put the washing in on a warm cycle.
  6. A generic term for a pedal-powered vehicle (unicycles, bicycles and tricycles), or motorized vehicle that has either two or three wheels (motorbike, motorcycle, motorized tricycle, motortrike).
  7. When a batter hits a single, a double, a triple, and a homer in the same game
    Jones hit for the cycle in the game.
  8. a closed (directed) walk or path, with or without repeated vertices allowed

Derived terms

Translations

complete rotation
process
series of poems etc.
program on a washing machine
vehicle
graph theory: closed (directed) walk or path

Verb

  1. To ride a cycle.
  2. To go through a cycle or to put through a cycle.
  3. To turn power off and back on
    Avoid cycling the device unnecessarily.
  4. To maintain a team's possession of the puck in the offensive zone by handling and passing the puck in a loop from the boards near the goal up the side boards and passing to back to the boards near the goal
    They have their cycling game going tonight.

Related terms

Translations

to ride a cycle
to go through a cycle or to put through a cycle
to turn power off and back on

French

Pronunciation

Etymology

From cyclus.

Noun

fr-noun m

Extensive Definition

Cycle or Cyclic may refer to:
In music:
In other uses:

See also

cycle in Czech: Cyklus
cycle in German: Kreislauf
cycle in French: Cycle
cycle in Hungarian: Ciklus
cycle in Japanese: サイクル
cycle in Polish: Cykl
cycle in Russian: Цикл
cycle in Simple English: Cycle
cycle in Slovak: Cyklus
cycle in Ukrainian: Цикл

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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