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
Passing a bill in Congress will not result in fewer tornadoes and hurricanes, he said.
The colds get colder, the hots get hotter, and the hurricanes get more destructive.From Snowy Atlanta to Sunny Sochi, It's All About Global Weirding | Scott Bixby | February 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The huge challenge of climate change and the related phenomenon of “extreme weather events” like hurricanes, floods and droughts.
An environmentalist group wants hurricanes and storm systems named after politicians who adamantly deny global warming exists.Hurricane Marco Rubio: Name the Storms After Those Who Deny Global Warming Exists | Miranda Green | September 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Typically there are 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.Hurricane Season Is Starting, and Projections Are Higher Than Average | Eliza Shapiro | May 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is another effect from hurricanes which is even more destructive to life than that caused by the direct action of the wind.
Fortunately, hurricanes are limited to a very small part of the tropical district.
Only less in order of magnitude than the hurricanes are the circular storms known as cyclones.
Thus in their more violent forms hurricanes are only felt near the sea, and generally on islands and peninsulas.
In every regard except their small size and their violence these tornadoes closely resemble hurricanes.
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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