[ sahy-klik, sik-lik ]
/ ˈsaɪ klɪk, ˈsɪk lɪk /


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).
  1. arranged in whorls, as the parts of a flower.
  2. (of a flower) having the parts so arranged.
  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.

Origin of cyclic

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


cy·clic·i·ty [sahy-klis-i-tee] /saɪˈklɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·cy·clic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cyclic


cyclical (ˈsaɪklɪkəl, ˈsɪklɪkəl)

/ (ˈsaɪklɪk, ˈsɪklɪk) /


recurring or revolving in cycles
(of an organic compound) containing a closed saturated or unsaturated ring of atomsSee also heterocyclic, homocyclic
  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
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Medical definitions for cyclic

[ sīklĭk, sĭklĭk ]


Relating to or characterized by cycles.
Recurring or moving in cycles.
Relating to chemical compounds having atoms arranged in a ring or closed-chain structure.

Other words from cyclic

cy′cli•cali•ty (sĭk′lə-kălĭ-tē, sī′klə-) n.cycli•cal•ly adv.
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Scientific definitions for 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.
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