American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Meteorology An atmospheric system characterized by the rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low-pressure center, usually accompanied by stormy, often destructive weather. Cyclones circulate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
- n. Meteorology A violent tropical storm, especially one originating in the southwestern Pacific Ocean or Indian Ocean.
- n. A violent rotating windstorm.
- n. Any of various devices using centrifugal force to separate materials.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The term introduced into meteorology by Piddington, in 1840, as a general name for the class of extensive storms at sea that were at that time supposed to be characterized by the revolution of air in circles about a calm center.
- n. Any atmospheric movement, gentle or rapid, general or local, on land or at sea, in which the wind blows spirally around and in toward a center. In the northern hemisphere the cyclonic motion is usually counter-clockwise, and in the southern hemisphere it is clockwise. Cyclones generally develop into cyclonic storms. See
- n. Popularly, a tornado (such as occur in the Western States), or any destructive storm. See tornado, waterspout, and whirlwind.
- n. A system of winds rotating around a center of low atmospheric pressure.
- n. A low pressure system.
- n. The more or less violent, small-scale circulations such as tornadoes, waterspouts, and dust devils.
- n. A strong wind.
- n. A Southeastern and Indian Ocean weather phenomenon that results in wind speeds of around 150 to 200 km/h.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Meteor.) 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.
- n. (Meteor.) In general, a condition of the atmosphere characterized by a central area of pressure much lower than that of surrounding areas, and a system of winds blowing inward and around (clockwise in the southern hemisphere and counter-clockwise in the northern); -- called also a
low-area storm. It is attended by high temperature, moist air, abundant precipitation, and clouded sky. The term includes the hurricane, typhoon, and tropical storms; it should not be applied to the moderate disturbances attending ordinary areas of low pressure nor to tornadoes, waterspouts, or “twisters,” in which the vertical motion is more important than the horizontal.
- n. Middle U. S. A tornado. See above, and Tornado.
- n. (meteorology) rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low pressure center; circling counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern
- n. a violent rotating windstorm
- From Greek kuklōn, present participle of kukloun, to rotate, from kuklos, circle; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Another major tropical cyclone, the 1970 Bangladesh cyclone¢’¬?”
“Perhaps it may not be a matter of knowledge to all readers that for these hurricanes, as for many other heavy gales, the term cyclone is exact; that the wind does actually blow round a circle, but one of so great circumference that at each several point it seems to follow a straight line.”
“The response to the cyclone is just the most recent example of the junta's failure to meet its people's basic needs," Mrs. Bush said.”
“Doppler radars will help in getting clear information three to four days ahead of the Cyclone if the cyclone is in the radius of 400 km of the doppler radar. posted by 24/7 News Network @ 9: 51 AM”
“The word cyclone is associated in popular phraseology with a terrific storm, but it has no such restriction in technical usage.”
“More worrying than the cyclone are the effects of the recent floods, which sent huge plumes of muddy fresh water over coastal portions of the reef, said Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, a reef expert from the University of Queensland.”
“The effectiveness of the ASEAN/UN work with the Burmese regime in response to the cyclone will be the subject of assessment and consideration in Singapore towards the end of the month.”
“The Burmese Ruby Diaryis disappointedthat some commentators are writing that the cyclone was a punishment for Myanmar.”
“Al Gore talking about the cyclone is a big bag of wind commenting on a big bag of wind.”
“Associated Press According to the Associated Press, the cyclone was the worst recorded natural disaster in the country.”
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