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). Botany.
- 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
1785–95;Related formscy·clic·i·ty [sahy-klis-i-tee] /saɪˈklɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·cy·clic, adjective
< Latin cyclicus
< Greek kyklikós
circular. See cycle
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for non-cyclic
cyclical (ˈsaɪklɪkəl, ˈsɪklɪkəl)
Derived Formscyclically, adverb
recurring or revolving in cycles
(of an organic compound) containing a closed saturated or unsaturated ring of atomsSee also heterocyclic, homocyclic botany
- 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
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Word Origin and History for non-cyclic
1794, from French cyclique (16c.), from Latin cyclicus, from Greek kyklikos "moving in a circle," from kyklos (see cycle (n.)).
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Related formscy′cli•cal′i•ty (sĭk′lə-kăl′ĭ-tē, sī′klə-) n.cy′cli•cal•ly adv.
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.
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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.
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