Definitions

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

  • noun A severe tropical cyclone having winds greater than 64 knots (74 miles per hour; 119 kilometers per hour), originating in the equatorial regions of the Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean Sea or eastern regions of the Pacific Ocean, traveling north, northwest, or northeast from its point of origin, and usually involving heavy rains.
  • noun A wind with a speed greater than 64 knots (74 miles per hour; 119 kilometers per hour per hour), according to the Beaufort scale.
  • noun Something resembling a hurricane in force or speed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A storm of the intensest severity; a cyclone.
  • noun Any violent tempest, or anything suggestive of one.
  • noun In the eighteenth century, a social party; a rout; a drum.
  • noun Synonyms Tempest, etc. See wind.

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

  • noun 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.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the frigate bird.
  • noun (Naut.) See under Deck.

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

  • noun A severe tropical cyclone in the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, or in the eastern North Pacific off the west coast of Mexico, with winds of 75 miles per hour (120.7 kph) or greater accompanied by rain, lightning, and thunder that sometimes moves into temperate latitudes.
  • noun meteorology a wind scale for quite strong wind, stronger than a storm
  • noun sports, aerial freestyle skiing "full—triple-full—full" – an acrobatic maneuver consisting of three flips and five twists, with one twist on the first flip, three twists on the second flip, one twist on the third flip

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

  • noun a severe tropical cyclone usually with heavy rains and winds moving a 73-136 knots (12 on the Beaufort scale)

Etymologies

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

[Spanish huracán, from Taíno hurákan; akin to Arawak kulakani, thunder.]

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From Spanish huracán, ultimately from the name of the Taino 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.

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Coined by Jeret Peterson

Examples

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  • Illinois.

    August 2, 2008

  • Haha!

    August 2, 2008

  • or a delicious ice cream treat with candy pieces swirled into it!

    August 20, 2008

  • "Run for cover as fast as you can whenever Hurricane blows into Gladiator Arena. Appearing without warning and striking with enough energy to blow down a mountain, those contenders unlucky enough to cross his path will experience a truly perfect storm of sheer athletic prowess and destructive Gladiator instinct."

    (Official biography on the NBC American Gladiators site)

    September 6, 2008

  • Interesting article about the origins of word "hurricane" and names, stuff like that. Very short.

    June 9, 2009

  • Nice. Thanks, c_b.

    June 9, 2009