cycle[sī′kəl; for n.7 & vi.2, also sik′əl]
- The definition of a cycle is a period of time or complete set of events that repeat.
An example of a cycle is the earth's rotation around the sun.
- Cycle is defined as to ride a motorcycle or bicycle.
An example of to cycle is riding a bike to work.
- 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 of cycleMiddle English cicle ; from Late Latin cyclus ; from Classical Greek kyklos, a circle, cycle: see wheel
- 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.
- Baseball The achievement of hitting a single, double, triple, and home run in a single game.
verbcy·cled, cy·cling, cy·cles
- 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 of cycleMiddle English, from Late Latin cyclus, from Greek kuklos, circle; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- An interval of space or time in which one set of events or phenomena is completed.
- the cycle of the seasons, or of the year
- A complete rotation of anything.
- A process that returns to its beginning and then repeats itself in the same sequence.
- The members of the sequence formed by such a process.
- (music) In musical set theory, an interval cycle is the set of pitch classes resulting from repeatedly applying the same interval class to the starting pitch class.
- The interval cycle C4 consists of the pitch classes 0, 4 and 8; when starting on E, it is realised as the pitches E, G# and C.
- A series of poems, songs or other works of art.
- The "Ring of the Nibelung" is a cycle of four operas by Richard Wagner, the famous nineteenth-century German composer.
- A programme on a washing machine, dishwasher, or other such device.
- Put the washing in on a warm cycle.
- the spin cycle
- A pedal-powered vehicle, such as a unicycle, bicycle, or tricycle; or, motorized vehicle that has either two or three wheels, such as a motorbike, motorcycle, motorized tricycle, or motortrike.
- (baseball) A single, a double, a triple, and a home run hit by the same player in the same game.
- Jones hit for the cycle in the game.
- (graph theory) A closed walk or path, with or without repeated vertices allowed.
- An imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens; one of the celestial spheres.
- An age; a long period of time.
- An orderly list for a given time; a calendar.
- (botany) One entire round in a circle or a spire.
- a cycle or set of leaves
- (aviation sense): One take-off and landing of an aircraft is a cycle, referring to a pressurisation cycle which places stresses on the fuselage.
- (baseball sense): As in the example sentence, one is usually said to hit for the cycle. However, other uses also occur, such as hit a cycle and complete the cycle.
(third-person singular simple present cycles, present participle cycling, simple past and past participle cycled)
- To ride a bicycle or other cycle.
- To go through a cycle or to put through a cycle.
- (electronics) To turn power off and back on
- Avoid cycling the device unnecessarily.
- (ice hockey) To maintain a team's possession of the puck in the offensive zone by handling and passing the puck in a loop from the boards near the goal up the side boards and passing to back to the boards near the goal
- They have their cycling game going tonight.
From Late Latin cyclus, from Ancient Greek κύκλος (kyklos), reduplicated form of a Proto-Indo-European *kʷékʷlos (“circle, wheel”). Cognates include Sanskrit चक्र (cakrá), Latin colus, Old English hwēol (English wheel), English ancillary
From Ancient Greek κύκλος (kuklos, “circle”).