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[sahy-klik, sik-lik]
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  1. revolving or recurring in cycles; characterized by recurrence in cycles.
  2. of, relating to, or constituting a cycle or cycles.
  3. Chemistry. of or relating to a compound that contains a closed chain or ring of atoms (contrasted with acyclic).
  4. Botany.
    1. arranged in whorls, as the parts of a flower.
    2. (of a flower) having the parts so arranged.
  5. Mathematics.
    1. pertaining to an algebraic system in which all the elements of a group are powers of one element.
    2. (of a set of elements) arranged as if on a circle, so that the first element follows the last.
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Origin of cyclic

1785–95; < Latin cyclicus < Greek kyklikós circular. See cycle, -ic
Related formscy·clic·i·ty [sahy-klis-i-tee] /saɪˈklɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·cy·clic, adjective
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Related Words for cyclic

cyclical, periodic, periodical, recurring

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Historical Examples of cyclic

  • There is clearly some cyclic factor in the situation which we do not yet understand.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

    C. K. Leith

  • Again some cyclic factor in the situation remains to be worked out.

  • Another fact strikes the observer: the cyclic march of evolution.


    Th. Pascal

  • But we now see it was beyond any doubt part of a cyclic work.

  • The Cyclic poems are certainly the production of a late and changed age?

British Dictionary definitions for cyclic


cyclical (ˈsaɪklɪkəl, ˈsɪklɪkəl)

  1. recurring or revolving in cycles
  2. (of an organic compound) containing a closed saturated or unsaturated ring of atomsSee also heterocyclic, homocyclic
  3. botany
    1. arranged in whorlscyclic petals
    2. having parts arranged in this waycyclic flowers
  4. music of or relating to a musical form consisting of several movements sharing thematic material
  5. geometry (of a polygon) having vertices that lie on a circle
  6. (in generative grammar) denoting one of a set of transformational rules all of which must apply to a clause before any one of them applies to any clause in which the first clause is embedded
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Derived Formscyclically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cyclic


1794, from French cyclique (16c.), from Latin cyclicus, from Greek kyklikos "moving in a circle," from kyklos (see cycle (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cyclic in Medicine


(sīklĭk, sĭklĭk)
  1. Relating to or characterized by cycles.
  2. Recurring or moving in cycles.
  3. Relating to chemical compounds having atoms arranged in a ring or closed-chain structure.
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Related formscy′cli•cali•ty (sĭk′lə-kălĭ-tē, sī′klə-) n.cycli•cal•ly adv.
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cyclic in Science


[sĭklĭk, sīklĭk]
  1. Occurring or moving in cycles.
  2. Relating to a compound having atoms arranged in a ring or closed-chain structure. Benzene is a cyclic compound.
  3. Having parts arranged in a whorl.
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