- arranged in whorls, as the parts of a flower.
- (of a flower) having the parts so arranged.
- pertaining to an algebraic system in which all the elements of a group are powers of one element.
- (of a set of elements) arranged as if on a circle, so that the first element follows the last.
Examples from the Web for cyclic
They are the episodes of that cyclic poem written by Time upon the memories of men.English Critical Essays|Various
History is a cyclic poem written by Time upon the memories of man.
Such antique things as the cyclic form or community of themes are not to be expected in Schoenberg's bright lexicon of anarchy.Ivory Apes and Peacocks|James Huneker
Periodicity of another kind known as “cyclic,” and due to a different set of causes, is believed to exist by many persons Cycles.
Their poems are not sections cut out of an Achaean mass of lays, and our Homer is not a similar section, is not Cyclic.The World of Homer|Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for cyclic
cyclical (ˈsaɪklɪkəl, ˈsɪklɪkəl)
- arranged in whorlscyclic petals
- having parts arranged in this waycyclic flowers
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.)).