Origin of hurricane
Examples from the Web for hurricane
The absent turkey had been blown clean away in the hurricane force winds, I concluded.
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|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|DAILY BEAST
Four years later, when Hurricane Katrina hit, 80 percent of the city went underwater, at an average level of four feet.
More recently, Baugh headed out in his truck to do what he could when Hurricane Sandy struck the city.
Evening was now approaching, but the hurricane gave no signs of abating.Paddy Finn|W. H. G. Kingston
The hurricane, however, grows and grows, and when it has reached to 100 or 120 miles an hour nothing can withstand it.
During a hurricane in 1876 on the Banks almost an entire fleet was disabled or lost and 200 men were drowned.The Sea Rovers|Rufus Rockwell Wilson
The tree, enormous as it was, shook with it, and the branch itself was tossed as though in a hurricane.Astounding Stories, April, 1931|Various
Back and forth from the hurricane to the little dressing station, and at last he got it.Short Stories of Various Types|Various
British Dictionary definitions for hurricane
- a wind of force 12 or above on the Beaufort scale
- (as modifier)a wind of hurricane force
Word Origin for hurricane
Word Origin and History for hurricane
1550s, a partially deformed adoptation from Spanish huracan (Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdés, "Historia General y Natural de las Indias," 1547-9), furacan (in the works of Pedro Mártir De Anghiera, chaplain to the court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella and historian of Spanish explorations), from an Arawakan (W. Indies) word. In Portuguese, it became furacão. For confusion of initial -f- and -h- in Spanish, see hacienda. The word is first in English in Richard Eden's "Decades of the New World":
These tempestes of the ayer (which the Grecians caule Tiphones ...) they caule furacanes.
OED records 39 different spellings, mostly from the late 16c., including forcane, herrycano, harrycain, hurlecane. Modern form became frequent from 1650, established after 1688. Shakespeare uses hurricano ("King Lear," "Troilus and Cressida"), but in reference to waterspouts.