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cycle

cy·cle

cycle

 
 
pronunciation:
saI kl
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a circle of events that repeats in a regular pattern.
The children made posters showing the cycle of the seasons in a year.Evaporation and condensation are parts of the water cycle.Frequency of an electrical current is indicated in cycles per second.
similar words:
circle
definition 2: the time interval required for such a sequence to occur; periodicity.
I looked at a magazine during the wash cycle.
similar words:
period
definition 3: a long time; age; era.
similar words:
age
definition 4: a bicycle, unicycle, motorcycle, or the like.
We saw an exhibit of cycles from the 1920s in the science and industry museum.
similar words:
bicycle
definition 5: a series of literary or musical works on a central theme.
a cycle of poemsa song cycle
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: cycled, cycles, cycling
definition 1: to move in or pass through cycles.
The man grew more lonely as the seasons cycled past.
similar words:
alternate, rotate
definition 2: to travel by means of a bicycle, motorcycle, or the like.
The clown cycled around the circus ring.Let's cycle around the park.
similar words:
bicycle, roll
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