What does cyclone mean?

Definitions for cyclone
ˈsaɪ kloʊncy·clone

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cyclonenoun

    (meteorology) rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low pressure center; circling counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern

  2. cyclonenoun

    a violent rotating windstorm


  1. cyclonenoun

    A system of winds rotating around a center of low atmospheric pressure.

  2. cyclonenoun

    A low pressure system.

  3. cyclonenoun

    (popular) The more or less violent, small-scale circulations such as tornadoes, waterspouts, and dust devils.

  4. cyclonenoun

    A strong wind.

  5. cyclonenoun

    A Southeastern and Indian Ocean weather phenomenon that results in wind speeds of around 150 to 200 km/h.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cyclonenoun

    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

    Etymology: [Gr. moving in a circle, p. pr. of , fr. ky`klos circle.]


  1. Cyclone

    In meteorology, a cyclone is an area of closed, circular fluid motion rotating in the same direction as the Earth. This is usually characterized by inward spiraling winds that rotate anti-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere of the Earth. Most large-scale cyclonic circulations are centered on areas of low atmospheric pressure. The largest low-pressure systems are cold-core polar cyclones and extratropical cyclones which lie on the synoptic scale. According to NHC glossary, warm-core cyclones such as tropical cyclones and subtropical cyclones also lie within synoptic scale. Mesocyclones, tornadoes and dust devils lie within the smaller mesoscale. Upper level cyclones can exist without the presence of a surface low, and can pinch off from the base of the Tropical Upper Tropospheric Trough during the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere. Cyclones have also been seen on extraterrestrial planets, such as Mars and Neptune. Cyclogenesis describes the process of cyclone formation and intensification. Extratropical cyclones form as waves in large regions of enhanced mid-latitude temperature contrasts called baroclinic zones. These zones contract to form weather fronts as the cyclonic circulation closes and intensifies. Later in their life cycle, cyclones occlude as cold core systems. A cyclone's track is guided over the course of its 2 to 6 day life cycle by the steering flow of the cancer or subtropical jet stream.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cyclone

    sī′klōn, n. a circular or rotatory storm.—adj. Cyclon′ic. [Coined from Gr. kyklōn, pr.p. of kykloein, to whirl round—kyklos.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cyclone

    See TYPHOON.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cyclone in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cyclone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of cyclone in a Sentence

  1. Jacob Kapere:

    A lot of people in the remote areas have caves where they can go, some villages have cyclone houses which don't have windows and have very low doors that you have to bend over to enter. Their thatch roofs are dug into the ground.

  2. Anamitra Anurag Danda:

    The cyclone surge coincided with the new moon high tides. It is devastation in the coastal belt.

  3. Udaya Regmi:

    This cyclone is a terrible double blow for millions of people in India whose families have been struck down by record Covid infections and deaths, many families are barely staying afloat.

  4. David Malpass:

    But even from the existing assistance program that was directed initially for Cyclone Idai, some of that money we expect to already begin to be used for Cyclone Kenneth, and as the damage assessment comes in there could be more assistance available.

  5. Aparna Roy:

    We lost huge amounts of our agriculture land, which is lain barren, useless. We lost a lot of our hospital buildings which stopped functioning during the pandemic because of the damage done from flooding after the cyclone struck. Roads, connectivity, transportation, everything was damaged.

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