Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Botany Not cyclic. Used especially of flowers whose parts are arranged in spirals rather than in whorls, as in magnolias.
  • adjective Chemistry Having an open-chain molecular structure rather than a ring-shaped structure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In botany, not cyclic; not arranged in whorls.
  • In dynamics, not having the property of whirling or moving in circles.
  • Irregular in course; not occurring with normal periodicity.
  • In chem., containing no cycle or ring: said of organic compounds which contain no ring of atoms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Bot.) Of a flower, having its parts inserted spirally on the receptacle.
  • adjective (Org. Chem.) Having an open-chain structure; aliphatic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective chemistry not cyclic; having an open chain structure
  • adjective graph theory not cyclic

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective not cyclic; especially having parts arranged in spirals rather than whorls
  • adjective having an open chain structure

Etymologies

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a- +‎ cyclic

Examples

  • In later versions of the model, some rewiring was also introduced to make sure that the graph that is generated is not acyclic.

    The Weasel Thread

  • The basic model creates acyclic graphs because old nodes never link to new nodes.

    The Weasel Thread

  • There was the handmade paper phase, the hand-bound journal phase, the acyclic paint phase, the scrap booking phase, the Fimo clay phase, the beading phase, the homemade head band phase, the hemp jewelry phase, ACK!

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • There was the handmade paper phase, the hand-bound journal phase, the acyclic paint phase, the scrap booking phase, the Fimo clay phase, the beading phase, the homemade head band phase, the hemp jewelry phase, ACK!

    Hands On Pasta

  • The question is, using the current algorithm, will the final acyclic graph be different if this cycle resolution was done ahead of time?

    Debt Shuffling « Notes from the BillMonk

  • Researchers report in the recent issue of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research that they've found a way to coat Kevlar with a potent substance, acyclic N-Halamine, that can kill infectious agents, including bacteria, viruses and the spores that cause anthrax.

    Material World: Nanotoxicology

  • Researchers report in the recent issue of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research that they've found a way to coat Kevlar with a potent substance, acyclic N-Halamine, that can kill infectious agents, including bacteria, viruses and the spores that cause anthrax.

    Material World: Kevlar Now Fights Germs

  • Researchers report in the recent issue of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research that they've found a way to coat Kevlar with a potent substance, acyclic N-Halamine, that can kill infectious agents, including bacteria, viruses and the spores that cause anthrax.

    Material World: July 2008

  • They use directed acyclic graphs and associated probability distributions to construct causal models.

    Causal Decision Theory

  • Listed are several of these oxidizing reactions. alcohol dehydrogenation aldehyde dehydrogenation alkyl/acyclic hydroxylation aromatic hydroxylation deamination desulfuration

    Biotransformation

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