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Definitions for hurricane
ˈhɜr ɪˌkeɪn, ˈhʌr-; esp. Brit. -kənhur·ri·cane

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hurricanenoun

    a severe tropical cyclone usually with heavy rains and winds moving a 73-136 knots (12 on the Beaufort scale)


  1. Hurricanenoun

    A British fighter aircraft used during World War II, especially during the Battle of Britain

  2. Hurricanenoun

    A town in West Virginia, United States, population 5,968 (2005 census estimate)

  3. Hurricanenoun

    A town in Utah, United States, population 9,748 (2004 Census estimate)

  4. Etymology: From huracán, ultimately from the name of the storm god Juracán whom the Taínos believed dwelled on El Yunque mountain and, when he was upset, sent the strong winds and rain upon them.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hurricane, Hurricanonoun

    A violent storm, such as is often experienced in the eastern hemisphere.

    Etymology: huracan, Spanish; ouragan, French.

    Blow winds, and crack your cheeks;
    Your cataracts and hurricanoes spout. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    A storm or hurricano, though but the force of air, makes a strange havock where it comes. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    A poet who had a great genius for tragedy, made every man and woman too in his plays stark raging mad: all was tempestuous and blustering; heaven and earth were coming together at every word; a mere hurricane from the beginning to the end. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    The ministers of state, who gave us law,
    In corners with selected friends withdraw;
    There, in deaf murmurs, solemnly are wise,
    Whisp’ring like winds, ere hurricanes arise. Dryden.

    So, where our wide Numidian wastes extend,
    Sudden th’ impetuous hurricanes descend,
    Wheel through the air, in circling eddies play,
    Tear up the sands, and sweep whole plains away. Addison.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hurricanenoun

    a violent storm, characterized by extreme fury and sudden changes of the wind, and generally accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning; -- especially prevalent in the East and West Indies. Also used figuratively

  2. Etymology: [Sp. hurracan; orig. a Carib word signifying, a high wind.]


  1. Hurricane

    Hurricane is a 1980s heavy metal band originally featuring current Foreigner lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, Robert Sarzo, Tony Cavazo, and Jay Schellen. Cavazo and Sarzo are the younger brothers of Quiet Riot's Carlos Cavazo and Rudy Sarzo. Hurricane released four albums: Take What You Want, Over the Edge, Slave to the Thrill, and Liquifury. Over the Edge was their most successful album featuring their only top 40 hit, "I'm on to You" in 1988.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hurricane

    hur′ri-kān, n. a storm with extreme violence and sudden changes of the wind: a social party, a rout—(Shak.) Hur′ricano.—Hurricane deck, a cross-deck about amidships, a bridge-deck or bridge: the upper light deck of a passenger-steamer. [Sp. huracan, from Caribbean.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hurricane

    See TYPHOON.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Hurricane

    From the West Indian urican, “a violent wind.” The word was introduced to Europe by seamen, and so became incorporated in various languages.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hurricane in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hurricane in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of hurricane in a Sentence

  1. Robert Traver:

    The further we get out [from the event], people seem to forget, i never get a call unless there has been a big flood or a big hurricane.

  2. Sylvester Turner:

    A lot of people are very nervous, this is very close to Hurricane Harvey. Anytime you've got a lot of rain, there's a lot of nervousness.

  3. Robert Bullard:

    Lots of the people who were hit hard by Winter Storm Uri still need to get their ceilings fixed or the sheetrock in their homes fixed, but they don't have money for repairs when they keep getting hit, winter Storm Uri was in February, but then there was Hurricane Ida and then Hurricane Nicholas. They just keep coming. And it's very traumatic. The mental health piece is big.

  4. Brock Long:

    Because of the forward movement -- the decent forward movement it has -- you're going to see a hurricane stay intact through southwest and central Georgia, and then you're going to see rainfall through South and North Carolina, dumping 4 to 6 inches of rain in rivers that are already saturated and haven't really receded much from Florence a few weeks ago.

  5. Carly Kovacik:

    I don't think a lot of people realize that these cyclones in the northern Pacific can be equivalent to a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic, a lot of these storms produce very strong winds and high seas, but since they are mid-latitude storms, we just don't call them hurricanes even though the impacts can be very similar.

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