- 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.
Origin of cycle
Related Words for cyclerevolution, series, period, course, rhythm, round, wheel, alternation, run, chain, sequence, ring, sequel, orbit, age, circuit, succession, rotation, circle, loop
Examples from the Web for cycle
Contemporary Examples of cycle
It almost mirrors the Buddhist cycle of life, death, and rebirth.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma
December 28, 2014
Eventually, the mistletoe bush grows, blooms, and forms berries, and the cycle begins anew.Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants
December 21, 2014
For Republicans, the 2016 cycle will show us whether old dogs have learned new tricks.Now, Gay Marriage Is a GOP Problem
November 15, 2014
That cycle of intelligence-gathering and capturing or killing fighters helped turn the tide of combat operations.ISIS Keeps Getting Better at Dodging U.S. Spies
Shane Harris, Noah Shachtman
November 14, 2014
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
November 6, 2014
Historical Examples of cycle
The three works will serve to complete each other, and they complete a cycle of the theme.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
My sixth a cycle of revolving time,Which visits every nation, age, and clime.
The cycle of beauty and eternal hope, and, incidentally, the good of trade.Another Sheaf
In general it appears that practice has moved and still moves in a cycle.College Teaching
Then he mounted his cycle and rode away from me down the drive towards the Hall.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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
Word Origin for cycle
late 14c., from Late Latin cyclus, from Greek kyklos "circle, wheel, any circular body, circular motion, cycle of events," from PIE *kwel- "to roll, to move around, wheel" (cf. Sanskrit cakram "circle, wheel," carati "he moves, wanders;" Avestan caraiti "applies himself," c'axra "chariot, wagon;" Greek polos "a round axis" (PIE *kw- becomes Greek p- before some vowels), polein "move around;" Latin colere "to frequent, dwell in, to cultivate, move around," cultus "tended, cultivated," hence also "polished," colonus "husbandman, tenant farmer, settler, colonist;" Lithuanian kelias "a road, a way;" Old Norse hvel, Old English hweol "wheel;" Old Russian kolo, Polish koło, Russian koleso "a wheel").
1842, "revolve in cycles," from cycle (n.). Meaning "to ride a bicycle" is from 1883. Related: Cycled; cycling.