Dictionary.com

cyclic

[ sahy-klik, sik-lik ]
/ ˈsaɪ klɪk, ˈsɪk lɪk /
Save This Word!

adjective
revolving or recurring in cycles; characterized by recurrence in cycles.
of, relating to, or constituting a cycle or cycles.
Chemistry. of or relating to a compound that contains a closed chain or ring of atoms (contrasted with acyclic).
Botany.
  1. arranged in whorls, as the parts of a flower.
  2. (of a flower) having the parts so arranged.
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.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of cyclic

1785–95; <Latin cyclicus<Greek kyklikós circular. See cycle, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM cyclic

cy·clic·i·ty [sahy-klis-i-tee], /saɪˈklɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·cy·clic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use cyclic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cyclic

cyclic

cyclical (ˈsaɪklɪkəl, ˈsɪklɪkəl)

/ (ˈsaɪklɪk, ˈsɪklɪk) /

adjective
recurring or revolving in cycles
(of an organic compound) containing a closed saturated or unsaturated ring of atomsSee also heterocyclic, homocyclic
botany
  1. arranged in whorlscyclic petals
  2. having parts arranged in this waycyclic flowers
music of or relating to a musical form consisting of several movements sharing thematic material
geometry (of a polygon) having vertices that lie on a circle
(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

Derived forms of cyclic

cyclically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for cyclic

cyclic
[ sĭklĭk, sīklĭk ]

Occurring or moving in cycles.
Relating to a compound having atoms arranged in a ring or closed-chain structure. Benzene is a cyclic compound.
Having parts arranged in a whorl.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK