Meaning of CYCLE in English


/ ˈsaɪkl; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


a bicycle or motorcycle :

We went for a cycle ride on Sunday.

a cycle route / track

—see also bike


the fact of a series of events being repeated many times, always in the same order :

the cycle of the seasons

—see also life cycle


a complete set or series, for example of movements in a machine :

eight cycles per second

the rinse cycle (= in a washing machine)

■ verb

[ v , usually + adv. / prep. ] ( especially BrE ) to ride a bicycle; to travel by bicycle :

I usually cycle home through the park.

—compare bicycle , bike



late Middle English : from Old French , from late Latin cyclus , from Greek kuklos circle.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.