Late Latin , from cyclus Ancient Greek ( κύκλος kúklos), reduplicated form of a Proto-Indo-European ( *kʷékʷlos “ circle, wheel ”). Cognates include Sanskrit ( चक्र cakrá), Latin , Old English colus (English hwēol ), English wheel ancillary
cycle ( plural ) cycles
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
[… ] bear a full proportion [… ] to the medium of provision during the last bad cycle of twenty years. A complete
rotation of anything. A process that returns to its beginning and then repeats itself in the same sequence.
2013 August 10, “ Legal highs: A new prescription”, , volume 408, number 8848: The Economist
No sooner has a [synthetic] drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one. These “legal highs” are sold for the few months it takes the authorities to identify and ban them, and then the cycle begins again. 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.
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(Can we find and add a quotation of Burke to this entry?) An age; a long period of time.
Better fifty years of Europe than a
cycle of Cathay. An orderly list for a given time; a calendar.
[… ] present our gardeners with a complete cycle of what is requisite to be done throughout every month of the year.
( botany ) One entire round in a circle or a spire.
a cycle or set of leaves
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Usage notes Edit
( 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.
Derived terms Edit
program on a washing machine
graph theory: closed (directed) walk or path
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.
Related terms Edit
to go through a cycle or to put through a cycle
to turn power off and back on