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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.


  1. Hurricane

    Hurricane is a song by English indie rock band Athlete and is the second track on their 2007 album Beyond the Neighbourhood. The song was released as the first single from that album on 27 August 2007. "Hurricane" did not receive as much success as their previous singles "Wires" and "Half Light" only reaching number 31 in the UK Charts. (see 2007 in British music).


  1. hurricane

    A hurricane is a severe type of tropical storm characterized by strong winds and heavy rainfall, typically forming over warm ocean waters near the equator. It is distinguished by its well-defined core, known as the eye, surrounded by wall of thunderstorms. Hurricanes are classified into five categories, with Category 5 being the most intense. They can cause significant damages due to the flooding, storm surge and high winds, and pose serious threats to life and property.

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. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Body can’t contain the inside hurricane. (Corps ne peut contenir L'ouragan intérieur)

  2. John Bel Edwards:

    Hurricane Delta is an incredibly dangerous storm that will bring heavy winds, rain and life threatening flooding and storm surge to coastal Louisiana, everyone in South Louisiana should pay close attention to the weather in the coming days and heed the advice and directions of their local officials.

  3. Arturo Vargas:

    It’s Ocean Drive in South Beach. They’re supposed to have deep roots, it was here during the last hurricane, so we imagined that it would still be here.

  4. John Bel Edwards:

    While we ultimately don't know where Tropical Storm Sally will make landfall, much of Southeast Louisiana is in the storm's cone and the risk of tropical storm force or hurricane strength winds continues to increase. This storm has the potential to be very serious.

  5. Gabriel Rivera-Cruz:

    I think the memories from( last year's) hurricanes are so fresh that we have a clear idea of the effects and which items can be scarce or hard to find, most people I know are aware that this storm doesn't seem to be a second Hurricane Maria, but is simply a wake-up call that the hurricane season is here and we are still extremely vulnerable.

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