Cycle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsaɪkl|  American pronunciation of the word cycle
Brit.  |ˈsʌɪk(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word cycle

noun

- an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs(syn: rhythm, round)
- a series of poems or songs on the same theme
- a periodically repeated sequence of events
- the unit of frequency; one hertz has a periodic interval of one second (named for Heinrich Rudolph Hertz) (syn: cps, cycles/second, hertz, hz)
- a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon(syn: oscillation)
- a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals (syn: bicycle, bike, wheel)

verb

- cause to go through a recurring sequence
- pass through a cycle
- ride a motorcycle (syn: motorbike, motorcycle)
- ride a bicycle (syn: bicycle, bike, pedal, wheel)
- recur in repeating sequences

Examples

We have to wait for the dishwasher's wash and dry cycles to end.

the spin cycle on a washing machine

He rode his cycle into town.

The water is cycled back into the system after it has been used.

The water cycles back into the system.

This washing machine has a 50-minute cycle.

Do you cycle to work?

The water is cycled through the machine and reused.

the never-ending cycle of the seasons

Schubert's song cycles

a cycle of reprisal and retaliation

a year constitutes a cycle of the seasons

cycle the laundry in this washing program

This machine automatically cycles

...the dateless cycle of the seasons...

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: cycle
he/she/it: cycles
present participle: cycling
past tense: cycled
past participle: cycled
noun
singular: cycle
plural: cycles
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