Meaning of CYCLE in English

/suy"keuhl/ , n. , v. , cycled, cycling .


1. any complete round or series of occurrences that repeats or is repeated.

2. a round of years or a recurring period of time, esp. one in which certain events or phenomena repeat themselves in the same order and at the same intervals.

3. any long period of years; age.

4. a bicycle, motorcycle, tricycle, etc.

5. a group of poems, dramas, prose narratives, songs etc., about a central theme, figure, or the like: the Arthurian cycle.

6. Physics.

a. a sequence of changing states that, upon completion, produces a final state identical to the original one.

b. one of a succession of periodically recurring events.

c. a complete alteration in which a phenomenon attains a maximum and minimum value, returning to a final value equal to the original one.

7. Math. a permutation of a set of elements that leaves the original cyclic order of the elements unchanged.

8. Computers.

a. the smallest interval of time required to complete an operation in a computer.

b. a series of computer operations repeated as a unit.

9. hit for the cycle , Baseball. (of one player) to hit a single, double, triple, and home run in one game.


10. to ride or travel by bicycle, motorcycle, tricycle, etc.

11. to move or revolve in cycles; pass through cycles.

[ 1350-1400; ME cicle cyclus kýklos cycle, circle, wheel, ring, disk, orb; see WHEEL ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .