from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by cycles: a cyclic pattern of weather changes.
  • adj. Recurring or moving in cycles: cyclical history.
  • adj. Chemistry Of or relating to compounds having atoms arranged in a ring or closed-chain structure.
  • adj. Botany Having parts arranged in a whorl.
  • adj. Botany Forming a whorl.
  • adj. Linguistics Of, relating to, or characterized by the cycle: a cyclic application of a rule.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characterized by, or moving in cycles, or happening at regular intervals
  • adj. Of a compound having chains of atoms arranged in a ring
  • adj. Having parts arranged in a whorl
  • adj. being generated by only one element
  • adj. able to be inscribed in a circle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a cycle or circle; moving in cycles.
  • adj. Having atoms bonded to form a ring structure. Opposite of acyclic.
  • adj. Recurring in cycles{2}; having a pattern that repeats at approximately equal intervals; periodic. Opposite of noncyclic.
  • adj. Marked by repeated cycles{2}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or moving in a cycle or circle; specifically, governed by a regular law of variation, according to which the final and initial terms of the series of changes or states are identical.
  • Connected with a literary cycle: specifically applied to certain ancient Greek poets (sometimes inclusive of Homer) who wrote on the Trojan war and the adventures of the heroes connected with it. See cycle, 5.
  • In ancient metrics, delivered more rapidly than usual, so as to occupy only three times or moræ instead of four: used to note certain dactyls and anapests. Thus, a cyclic dactyl is equivalent in time to a trochee, and a cyclic anapest to an iambus.
  • n. A cyclic poem.
  • In chem., containing a cycle or ring.
  • In botany, arranged in whorls: said of the stamens, petals, etc., in a flower; also, having the parts so arranged: said of the flower; cyclical.
  • In geometry, having its vertices all on the same circle: thus, if a quadrilateral has its vortices concyclic it is cyclic.

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

  • adj. forming a whorl or having parts arranged in a whorl
  • adj. of a compound having atoms arranged in a ring structure
  • adj. recurring in cycles
  • adj. conforming to the Carnot cycle
  • adj. marked by repeated cycles


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