The definition of a cycle is a period of time or complete set of events that repeat.noun
An example of a cycle is the earth's rotation around the sun.
Cycle is defined as to ride a motorcycle or bicycle.verb
An example of to cycle is riding a bike to work.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a recurring period of a definite number of years, used as a measure of time
- a period of time within which a round of regularly recurring events or phenomena is completed: the business cycle
- a complete set of events or phenomena recurring in the same sequence
- a very long period of time; an age
- all of the traditional or legendary poems, songs, etc. connected with a hero or an event: the Charlemagne cycle
- a series of poems or songs on the same theme
- a bicycle, tricycle, or motorcycle
- Astron., Archaic the orbit of a celestial body
- Biol. a recurring series of functional changes or events
- Elec. one complete period of the reversal of an alternating current from positive to negative and back again
Origin: ME cicle < LL cyclus < Gr kyklos, a circle, cycle: see wheel
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- An interval of time during which a characteristic, often regularly repeated event or sequence of events occurs: Sunspots increase and decrease in intensity in an 11-year cycle.
- a. A single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon: A year constitutes a cycle of the seasons.b. A periodically repeated sequence of events: the cycle of birth, growth, and death; a cycle of reprisal and retaliation.
- The orbit of a celestial body.
- A long period of time; an age.
- a. The aggregate of traditional poems or stories organized around a central theme or hero: the Arthurian cycle.b. A series of poems or songs on the same theme: Schubert's song cycles.
- A bicycle, motorcycle, or similar vehicle.
- Botany A circular or whorled arrangement of flower parts such as those of petals or sepals.
- Linguistics In generative grammar, the principle that allows an ordered set of linguistic rules or operations to apply repeatedly to successive stages of a derivation. Often used with the.
- To occur in or pass through a cycle.
- To move in or as if in a cycle.
- To ride a bicycle, motorcycle, or similar vehicle.
Origin: Middle English, from Late Latin cyclus, from Greek kuklos, circle; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- cyˈcler noun
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cycle - Medical Definition
- An interval of time during which a characteristic, often regularly repeated event or sequence of events occurs.
- A single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon.
- A periodically repeated sequence of events.
cycle - Science Definition
- A single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon. See also period.
- A circular or whorled arrangement of flower parts such as those of petals or stamens.
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