cycle
I. noun Etymology: Middle English cicle, from Late Latin cyclus, from Greek kyklos circle, wheel, cycle — more at wheel Date: 14th century 1. an interval of time during which a sequence of a recurring succession of events or phenomena is completed <
a 4-year cycle of growth and development
>
2. a. a course or series of events or operations that recur regularly and usually lead back to the starting point b. one complete performance of a vibration, electric oscillation, current alternation, or other periodic process c. a permutation of a set of ordered elements in which each element takes the place of the next and the last becomes first d. a takeoff and landing of an airplane 3. a circular or spiral arrangement: as a. an imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens b. ring 10 4. a long period of time ; age 5. a. a group of creative works (as poems, plays, or songs) treating the same theme b. a series of narratives dealing typically with the exploits of a legendary hero <
the Arthurian cycle
>
6. a. bicycle b. tricycle c. motorcycle 7. the series of a single, double, triple, and home run hit in any order by one player during one baseball game II. verb (cycled; cycling) Date: 1842 intransitive verb 1. a. to pass through a cycle b. to recur in cycles 2. to ride a cycle; specifically bicycle transitive verb to cause to go through a cycle • cycler noun

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  • CYCLE — Une conception cyclique du temps a souvent été comprise par la pensée moderne comme la marque du primitivisme d’une culture ou le symptôme d’une régression archaïsante chez un sujet. Une telle conception, dans les deux cas, résulterait d’une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • cycle — cy‧cle [ˈsaɪkl] noun [countable] a series of events that happen in an order that regularly repeats itself: • Approved Training Practices are monitored by the Association on a five year cycle. ˈbilling ˌcycle ACCOUNTING the usual time that is… …   Financial and business terms

  • Cycle — Cy cle (s? k l), n. [F. ycle, LL. cyclus, fr. Gr. ky klos ring or circle, cycle; akin to Skr. cakra wheel, circle. See {Wheel}.] 1. An imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens; one of the celestial spheres. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. An interval… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cycle — [sī′kəl; ] for n.7 & vi.2, also [ sik′əl] n. [ME cicle < LL cyclus < Gr kyklos, a circle, cycle: see WHEEL] 1. a recurring period of a definite number of years, used as a measure of time 2. a period of time within which a round of regularly …   English World dictionary

  • cycle — CYCLE. s. m. Cercle, période. Le Cycle solaire est de 28 années. Le Cycle lunaire est de 19 ans. Le Cycle de l Indiction est de 15 ans …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • cycle — CYCLE. s. m. Cercle, periode. Le cycle du soleil est de 28. années. le cycle lunaire est de 29. ans. & le cycle d indiction est de 15. ans …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Cycle — Cy cle (s? k l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Cycled}. ( k ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cycling} ( kl?ng).] 1. To pass through a cycle[2] of changes; to recur in cycles. Tennyson. Darwin. [1913 Webster] 2. To ride a bicycle, tricycle, or other form of cycle.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cycle — cy cle (s? k l), v. t. To cause to pass through a cycle[2]. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cycle — ► NOUN 1) a series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order. 2) a complete sequence of changes associated with a recurring phenomenon such as an alternating current, wave, etc. 3) a series of musical or literary works composed… …   English terms dictionary

  • cycle — cycle. См. парасексуальный процесс. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • cycle — I noun age, alternation, circle, circuit, circulus, consecution, course, eon, epoch, era, flow, period, progression, recurrence, recurring period, regular return, regularity of recurrence, repetitiveness, revolution, rotation, round, sequence,… …   Law dictionary

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