Meaning of CYCLE in English

I. ˈsī-kəl noun

Etymology: Middle English cicle, from Late Latin cyclus, from Greek kyklos circle, wheel, cycle — more at wheel

Date: 14th century

1. : an interval of time during which a sequence of a recurring succession of events or phenomena is completed

a 4-year cycle of growth and development


a. : a course or series of events or operations that recur regularly and usually lead back to the starting point

b. : one complete performance of a vibration, electric oscillation, current alternation, or other periodic process

c. : a permutation of a set of ordered elements in which each element takes the place of the next and the last becomes first

d. : a takeoff and landing of an airplane

3. : a circular or spiral arrangement: as

a. : an imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens

b. : ring 10

4. : a long period of time : age


a. : a group of creative works (as poems, plays, or songs) treating the same theme

b. : a series of narratives dealing typically with the exploits of a legendary hero

the Arthurian cycle


a. : bicycle

b. : tricycle

c. : motorcycle

7. : the series of a single, double, triple, and home run hit in any order by one player during one baseball game

II. verb

( cy·cled ; cy·cling ˈsī-k(ə-)liŋ)

Date: 1842

intransitive verb


a. : to pass through a cycle

b. : to recur in cycles

2. : to ride a cycle ; specifically : bicycle

transitive verb

: to cause to go through a cycle

• cy·cler ˈsī-k(ə-)lər noun

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