Meteorology. a tropical cyclone of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, or eastern Pacific Ocean, having sustained wind speeds of at least 64 knots (74 miles per hour, 33 meters per second): hurricanes form in waters with surface temperatures of about 80°F (27°C), intensifying as temperatures rise.: Compare typhoon.
anything characterized by a turmoil of force or activity, suggestive of a hurricane: As our helicopter got closer to the canyon, a hurricane of wild horses took off in all directions, kicking up clouds of dust that impaired the pilot’s vision.
Hurricane, Military. a single-seat British fighter plane of World War II, fitted with eight .303 caliber machine guns and with a top speed in excess of 300 miles per hour (480 kilometers per hour).
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How to use hurricane in a sentence
Sociologists estimate that people remember the worst effects of a hurricane for just seven years, and that 85 percent of US coastal residents haven’t actually experienced a direct hit from a major hurricane before.Hurricane Laura is the strongest storm to hit Louisiana in more than a century | Sara Chodosh | August 28, 2020 | Popular-Science
These storms have winds rivaling the strength of a hurricane or tornado, but push forward in one direction instead of rotating.What’s behind August 2020’s extreme weather? Climate change and bad luck | Carolyn Gramling | August 27, 2020 | Science News
“It seems that hurricanes are immensely important,” Donihue says.Analyze This: Hurricanes may help lizards evolve better grips | Carolyn Wilke | August 26, 2020 | Science News For Students
A hurricane around the center of a galaxy called J0230 has winds that howl at one-fifth of the speed of light.
For instance, more water now gets dumped on cities during hurricanes.
“We dealt with so many problems when we were shooting in New York, like trying to shoot during hurricane Sandy,” says Esco.‘Free The Nipple’: (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right to Go Topless | Lizzie Crocker | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The absent turkey had been blown clean away in the hurricane force winds, I concluded.
Leaving the moribund Eddie, Frank crosses paths with a black deliveryman, and they talk about hurricane survivors.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe | Tom LeClair | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ann is only one of many “hurricane conspirators” who believe the storm has changed everything.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe | Tom LeClair | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Inhofe said the two disasters were different because the hurricane drew so many moochers.If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday | Jonathan Alter | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Maybe it didn't feel good to be on the hurricane deck of a good horse once more!Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
In a few days a new home was ready and the terrible hurricane forgotten by the carefree, happy little boy.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
You also remember that last summer a hurricane destroyed the boy's home, and a new one had to be built.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
They are, however, much less energetic, and often of greater size than the hurricane whirl.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Many a wild hurricane has spent its force on this tree of life, but has only caused it to strike its roots deeper.Gospel Philosophy | J. H. Ward
British Dictionary definitions for hurricane
a severe, often destructive storm, esp a tropical cyclone
a wind of force 12 or above on the Beaufort scale
(as modifier): a wind of hurricane force
anything acting like such a wind
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Scientific definitions for hurricane
A severe, rotating tropical storm with heavy rains and cyclonic winds exceeding 74 mi (119 km) per hour, especially such a storm occurring in the Northern Hemisphere. Hurricanes originate in the tropical parts of the Atlantic Ocean or the Caribbean Sea and move generally northward. They lose force when they move over land or colder ocean waters. See Note at cyclone.
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Cultural definitions for hurricane
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