Definition of Cycle

1. Noun. An interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs. "The never-ending cycle of the seasons"

Exact synonyms: Rhythm, Round
Generic synonyms: Interval, Time Interval
Terms within: Phase, Phase Angle
Derivative terms: Cyclic, Rhythmic

2. Verb. Cause to go through a recurring sequence. "Cycle the laundry in this washing program"
Generic synonyms: Make Pass, Pass
Specialized synonyms: Recycle

3. Noun. A series of poems or songs on the same theme. "Schubert's song cycles"
Generic synonyms: Series

4. Verb. Pass through a cycle. "This machine automatically cycles"
Generic synonyms: Go Across, Go Through, Pass
Specialized synonyms: Cycle On

5. Noun. A periodically repeated sequence of events. "A cycle of reprisal and retaliation"
Generic synonyms: Repeat, Repetition
Specialized synonyms: Merry-go-round, Samsara
Derivative terms: Cyclic, Cyclic, Cyclical

6. Verb. Ride a motorcycle.
Exact synonyms: Motorbike, Motorcycle
Entails: Kick
Generic synonyms: Ride
Derivative terms: Cycling, Motorcycle, Motorcycling

7. Noun. The unit of frequency; one hertz has a periodic interval of one second.
Exact synonyms: Cps, Cycle Per Second, Cycles/second, Hertz, Hz
Group relationships: Kc, Khz, Kilocycle, Kilocycle Per Second, Kilohertz
Generic synonyms: Rate

8. Verb. Ride a bicycle. "They cycle in the countryside"
Exact synonyms: Bicycle, Bike, Pedal, Wheel
Specialized synonyms: Unicycle, Backpedal
Generic synonyms: Ride
Derivative terms: Bicycle, Bicycler, Bicyclist, Bike, Bike, Cycling, Cyclist, Pedal, Pedaler, Pedaller, Wheel, Wheeler

9. Noun. A single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon. ; "A year constitutes a cycle of the seasons"
Exact synonyms: Oscillation
Generic synonyms: Periodic Event, Recurrent Event
Specialized synonyms: Cardiac Cycle, Carnot Cycle, Carnot's Ideal Cycle, Pass, Menstrual Cycle
Derivative terms: Oscillate

10. Verb. Recur in repeating sequences.
Generic synonyms: Recur, Repeat

11. Noun. A wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals.

Definition of Cycle

1. n. An imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens; one of the celestial spheres.

2. v. i. To pass through a cycle of changes; to recur in cycles.

3. n. A series of operations in which heat is imparted to (or taken away from) a working substance which by its expansion gives up a part of its internal energy in the form of mechanical work (or being compressed increases its internal energy) and is again brought back to its original state.

Definition of Cycle

1. Noun. An interval of space or time in which one set of events or phenomena is completed. ¹

2. Noun. A complete rotation of anything. ¹

3. Noun. A process that returns to its beginning and then repeats itself in the same sequence. ¹

4. Noun. A series of poems, songs or other works of art ¹

5. Noun. A programme on a washing machine, dishwasher, or other such device. ¹

6. Noun. 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. ¹

7. Noun. (baseball) A single, a double, a triple, and a home run hit by the same player in the same game. ¹

8. Noun. (graph theory) A closed walk or path, with or without repeated vertices allowed. ¹

9. Verb. To ride a bicycle or other cycle. ¹

10. Verb. To go through a cycle or to put through a cycle. ¹

11. Verb. (electronics) To turn power off and back on ¹

12. Verb. (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 ¹

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Definition of Cycle

1. to ride a bicycle [v -CLED, -CLING, -CLES]

Medical Definition of Cycle

1. A round or succession of observable phenomena, recurring usually at regular intervals and in the same sequence. Origin: Gr. Kyklos = circle This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cycle

cyclamic acid
cycle (current term)
cycle chord
cycle lane
cycle lanes
cycle of fifths
cycle of rebirth
cycle on
cycle path
cycle per second
cycle rickshaw
cycle time
cycle times

Literary usage of Cycle

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1. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1906)
"The cycle will be longer in a region of resistant rocks, and shorter in a ... The succession of forms through the cycle is so orderly and systematic in many ..."

2. The Gentleman's Magazine (1837)
"Among our Anglo- Saxon forefathers there was a great cycle parallel ... This cycle was succeeded, after the Normans came in, by that of Arthur and his ..."

3. Hand-book of physiology by William Senhouse Kirkes (1899)
"The Cardiac cycle. THE series of changes that occur in the heart constitutes cardiac cycle. This must be distinguished from the course of the circulation. ..."

4. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1843)
"NOTE ON THE CONDITIONS FOR A p-cycle OF AN ALGEBRAIC MANIFOLD TO BE OF RANK k BY ... Let rp be a p-cycle of M (Vm). By a well-known theorem due to Lefschetz ..."

5. Field Geology by Frederic Henry Lahee (1917)
"The sequence, from the beginning of youth to late old age, is known as a physiographic cycle. As a matter of fact, old age is seldom attained, ..."

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