- a sequence of changing states that, upon completion, produces a final state identical to the original one.
- one of a succession of periodically recurring events.
- a complete alteration in which a phenomenon attains a maximum and minimum value, returning to a final value equal to the original one.
- the smallest interval of time required to complete an operation in a computer.
- a series of computer operations repeated as a unit.
verb (used without object), cy·cled, cy·cling.
Words nearby cycle
Idioms for cycle
Origin of cycle
OTHER WORDS FROM cyclesu·per·cy·cle, noun
Examples from the Web for cycle
It almost mirrors the Buddhist cycle of life, death, and rebirth.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma|Brendon Hong|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Eventually, the mistletoe bush grows, blooms, and forms berries, and the cycle begins anew.
For Republicans, the 2016 cycle will show us whether old dogs have learned new tricks.
That cycle of intelligence-gathering and capturing or killing fighters helped turn the tide of combat operations.
Even Republicans who opposed a federal wage hike in this cycle were often supportive or silent about state and local increases.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage|Dmitri Mehlhorn|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is an ill look-out for the cycle mechanic who is not prepared to tackle the new problems that will arise.Anticipations|Herbert George Wells
I should not have been capable of writing a billet there, much less a Cycle.Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)|Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
They compiled a calendar, in complete accord with the Metonic cycle, which modern science must declare faultless.Jewish Literature and Other Essays|Gustav Karpeles
In this manner an opportunity was afforded to the Leinster-Munster Fenian cycle to develop into a national saga.
It seems a cycle since, But still the nerve of memory tingles.A line-o'-verse or two|Bert Leston Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for cycle
- a set of operations that can be both treated and repeated as a unit
- the time required to complete a set of operations
- one oscillation of the regular voltage waveform used to synchronize processes in a digital computer