What does cycle mean?

Definitions for cycle
ˈsaɪ kəlcy·cle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cycle, rhythm, round(noun)

    an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs

    "the never-ending cycle of the seasons"

  2. cycle(noun)

    a series of poems or songs on the same theme

    "Schubert's song cycles"

  3. cycle(noun)

    a periodically repeated sequence of events

    "a cycle of reprisal and retaliation"

  4. hertz, Hz, cycle per second, cycles/second, cps, cycle(noun)

    the unit of frequency; one hertz has a periodic interval of one second

  5. cycle, oscillation(noun)

    a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon

    "a year constitutes a cycle of the seasons"

  6. bicycle, bike, wheel, cycle(verb)

    a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals

  7. cycle(verb)

    cause to go through a recurring sequence

    "cycle the laundry in this washing program"

  8. cycle(verb)

    pass through a cycle

    "This machine automatically cycles"

  9. motorbike, motorcycle, cycle(verb)

    ride a motorcycle

  10. bicycle, cycle, bike, pedal, wheel(verb)

    ride a bicycle

  11. cycle(verb)

    recur in repeating sequences


  1. Cycle(n.)

    A motorcycle.

  2. cycle(v. t.)

    To cause to pass through a cycle.


  1. cycle(Noun)

    An interval of space or time in which one set of events or phenomena is completed.

  2. cycle(Noun)

    A complete rotation of anything.

  3. cycle(Noun)

    A process that returns to its beginning and then repeats itself in the same sequence.

  4. cycle(Noun)

    A series of poems, songs or other works of art

  5. cycle(Noun)

    A programme on a washing machine, dishwasher, or other such device.

    Put the washing in on a warm cycle.

  6. cycle(Noun)

    A pedal-powered vehicle, such as a unicycle, bicycle, or tricycle; or, motorized vehicle that has either two or three wheels, such as a motorbike, motorcycle, motorized tricycle, or motortrike.

  7. cycle(Noun)

    A single, a double, a triple, and a home run hit by the same player in the same game.

    Jones hit for the cycle in the game.

  8. cycle(Noun)

    A closed walk or path, with or without repeated vertices allowed.

  9. cycle(Verb)

    To ride a bicycle or other cycle.

  10. cycle(Verb)

    To go through a cycle or to put through a cycle.

  11. cycle(Verb)

    To turn power off and back on

    Avoid cycling the device unnecessarily.

  12. cycle(Verb)

    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.

  13. Origin: From cyclus, from κύκλος, reduplicated form of a kʷékʷlos. Cognates include Sanskrit , Latin colus, Old English (English wheel), English ancillary

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cycle(noun)

    an imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens; one of the celestial spheres

  2. Cycle(noun)

    an interval of time in which a certain succession of events or phenomena is completed, and then returns again and again, uniformly and continually in the same order; a periodical space of time marked by the recurrence of something peculiar; as, the cycle of the seasons, or of the year

  3. Cycle(noun)

    an age; a long period of time

  4. Cycle(noun)

    an orderly list for a given time; a calendar

  5. Cycle(noun)

    the circle of subjects connected with the exploits of the hero or heroes of some particular period which have served as a popular theme for poetry, as the legend of Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, and that of Charlemagne and his paladins

  6. Cycle(noun)

    one entire round in a circle or a spire; as, a cycle or set of leaves

  7. Cycle(noun)

    a bicycle or tricycle, or other light velocipede

  8. Cycle(verb)

    to pass through a cycle of changes; to recur in cycles

  9. Cycle(verb)

    to ride a bicycle, tricycle, or other form of cycle

  10. Origin: [F. ycle, LL. cyclus, fr. Gr. ky`klos ring or circle, cycle; akin to Skr. cakra wheel, circle. See Wheel.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cycle

    sī′kl, n. a period of time in which events happen in a certain order, and which constantly repeats itself: an imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens: a series of poems, prose romances, &c., centring round a figure or event—also Cy′clus: an abbreviation for bicycle and tricycle.—v.i. to move in cycles: to ride or take exercise on a bicycle or tricycle.—adjs. Cy′clic, -al, pertaining to or containing a cycle.—ns. Cy′clist, for bicyclist or tricyclist; Cy′clograph, an instrument for describing the arcs of circles that have too large a curvature for compasses; Cy′cloid, a figure like a circle: a curve made by a point in a circle, when the circle is rolled along a straight line.—adj. Cycloid′al.—ns. Cycloid′ian, one of the fourth order of fishes, according to the classification of Agassiz, having cycloid scales with smooth edges, as the salmon; Cyclom′eter, an instrument for measuring circular arcs: an apparatus attached to the wheel of a cycle for registering the distance traversed; Cy′clorn, a cycle-horn. [Gr. kyklos, a circle.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. cycle

    1. n. The basic unit of computation. What every hacker wants more of (noted hacker Bill Gosper described himself as a “cycle junkie”). One can describe an instruction as taking so many clock cycles. Often the computer can access its memory once on every clock cycle, and so one speaks also of memory cycles. These are technical meanings of cycle. The jargon meaning comes from the observation that there are only so many cycles per second, and when you are sharing a computer the cycles get divided up among the users. The more cycles the computer spends working on your program rather than someone else's, the faster your program will run. That's why every hacker wants more cycles: so he can spend less time waiting for the computer to respond. 2. By extension, a notional unit of human thought power, emphasizing that lots of things compete for the typical hacker's think time. “I refused to get involved with the Rubik's Cube back when it was big. Knew I'd burn too many cycles on it if I let myself.” 3. vt. Syn. bounce (sense 4), from the phrase ‘cycle power’. “Cycle the machine again, that serial port's still hung.”

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cycle

    A term generally applied to an interval of time in which the same phenomena recur.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cycle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3146

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cycle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3496

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cycle' in Nouns Frequency: #1110

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cycle in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cycle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of cycle in a Sentence

  1. Emmanuel Faber:

    We have broken the cycle of life.

  2. Kitty Bradshaw:

    Who is to say when the cycle began?

  3. H. G. Wells:

    Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.

  4. Chris Goldfinger:

    We're 300 years into a 240 year cycle.

  5. Kendra Stewart:

    It has been in the news cycle for two days.

Images & Illustrations of cycle

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