- any complete round or series of occurrences that repeats or is repeated.
- a round of years or a recurring period of time, especially one in which certain events or phenomena repeat themselves in the same order and at the same intervals.
- any long period of years; age.
- a bicycle, motorcycle, tricycle, etc.
- a group of poems, dramas, prose narratives, songs etc., about a central theme, figure, or the like: the Arthurian cycle.
- a sequence of changing states that, upon completion, produces a final state identical to the original one.
- one of a succession of periodically recurring events.
- a complete alteration in which a phenomenon attains a maximum and minimum value, returning to a final value equal to the original one.
- Mathematics. a permutation of a set of elements that leaves the original cyclic order of the elements unchanged.
- the smallest interval of time required to complete an operation in a computer.
- a series of computer operations repeated as a unit.
- hit for the cycle, Baseball. (of one player) to hit a single, double, triple, and home run in one game.
Origin of cycle
- a recurring period of time in which certain events or phenomena occur and reach completion or repeat themselves in a regular sequence
- a completed series of events that follows or is followed by another series of similar events occurring in the same sequence
- the time taken or needed for one such series
- a vast period of time; age; aeon
- a group of poems or prose narratives forming a continuous story about a central figure or eventthe Arthurian cycle
- a series of miracle playsthe Chester cycle
- a group or sequence of songsSee song cycle
- short for bicycle, tricycle, motorcycle
- astronomy the orbit of a celestial body
- a recurrent series of events or processes in plants and animalsa life cycle; a growth cycle; a metabolic cycle
- physics a continuous change or a sequence of changes in the state of a system that leads to the restoration of the system to its original state after a finite period of time
- one of a series of repeated changes in the magnitude of a periodically varying quantity, such as current or voltage
- a set of operations that can be both treated and repeated as a unit
- the time required to complete a set of operations
- one oscillation of the regular voltage waveform used to synchronize processes in a digital computer
- (in generative grammar) the set of cyclic rules
- (tr) to process through a cycle or system
- (intr) to move in or pass through cycles
- to travel by or ride a bicycle or tricycle
Word Origin for cycle
1842, "revolve in cycles," from cycle (n.). Meaning "to ride a bicycle" is from 1883. Related: Cycled; cycling.
late 14c., from Late Latin cyclus, from Greek kyklos "circle, wheel, any circular body, circular motion, cycle of events," from PIE *kwel- "to roll, to move around, wheel" (cf. Sanskrit cakram "circle, wheel," carati "he moves, wanders;" Avestan caraiti "applies himself," c'axra "chariot, wagon;" Greek polos "a round axis" (PIE *kw- becomes Greek p- before some vowels), polein "move around;" Latin colere "to frequent, dwell in, to cultivate, move around," cultus "tended, cultivated," hence also "polished," colonus "husbandman, tenant farmer, settler, colonist;" Lithuanian kelias "a road, a way;" Old Norse hvel, Old English hweol "wheel;" Old Russian kolo, Polish koło, Russian koleso "a wheel").
- An interval of time during which a characteristic, often regularly repeated event or sequence of events occurs.
- A single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon.
- A periodically repeated sequence of events.
- A single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon. See also period.
- A circular or whorled arrangement of flower parts such as those of petals or stamens.