- 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).
- arranged in whorls, as the parts of a flower.
- (of a flower) having the parts so arranged.
- pertaining to an algebraic system in which all the elements of a group are powers of one element.
- (of a set of elements) arranged as if on a circle, so that the first element follows the last.
Origin of cyclic
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Historical Examples of non-cyclic
Another property more recently discovered in quiet days is the non-cyclic change.
At Falmouth32, as at Kew, the non-cyclic change showed a tendency to be small in years of few sun-spots.
The disturbed day inequality was corrected for non-cyclic change in the usual way.
cyclical (ˈsaɪklɪkəl, ˈsɪklɪkəl)
- recurring or revolving in cycles
- (of an organic compound) containing a closed saturated or unsaturated ring of atomsSee also heterocyclic, homocyclic
- arranged in whorlscyclic petals
- 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
1794, from French cyclique (16c.), from Latin cyclicus, from Greek kyklikos "moving in a circle," from kyklos (see cycle (n.)).
- 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.
- 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.