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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. Claire Tran:

    I feel like if I were escaping a life-threatening hurricane that could destroy my house I wouldn’t even be changing my bio and trying swiping on Tinder.

  2. LaToya Cantrell:

    The situation is much more serious than it was six hours ago, and the hurricane, it represents a dramatic threat to the people of the city of New Orleans '. Time is not on our side.

  3. Donald Trump:

    Now, we need Democrats in Congress to work with us to pass an acceptable bill, we're getting close, we're doing a lot of things, which includes additional Hurricane Michael relief funding immediately.

  4. The NHC:

    We don't expect it to turn into a super hurricane, but we don't want anyone taking this lightly just because the wind speed didn't go up a little bit.

  5. Aaron Milstone:

    Covid-19 is going to be larger than any Category 5 hurricane to hit, it is going to make Katrina look like a rain shower. ( Governor Lee) needs to stop politicizing this pandemic.

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