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hydrologic cycle

noun
  1. the natural sequence through which water passes into the atmosphere as water vapor, precipitates to earth in liquid or solid form, and ultimately returns to the atmosphere through evaporation.
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Origin of hydrologic cycle

First recorded in 1955–60; hydrolog(y) + -ic
Also called water cycle.
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British Dictionary definitions for hydrologic cycle

hydrologic cycle

noun
  1. another name for water cycle
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hydrologic cycle in Science

hydrologic cycle

[hī′drə-lŏjĭk]
  1. The continuous process by which water is circulated throughout the Earth and its atmosphere. The Earth's water enters the atmosphere through evaporation from bodies of water and from ground surfaces. Plants and animals also add water vapor to the air by transpiration. As it rises into the atmosphere, the water vapor condenses to form clouds. Rain and other forms of precipitation return it to the Earth, where it flows into bodies of water and into the ground, beginning the cycle again. Also called water cycle
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hydrologic cycle in Culture

hydrologic cycle

[(heye-druh-loj-ik)]

The continuous circular process in which the water of the Earth evaporates from the oceans, condenses, falls to the Earth as rain or snow, and eventually returns to the oceans through run-off in rivers or streams. Some water is absorbed by plants and returned to the atmosphere as vapor.

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