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Meteorology. a tropical cyclone in the western Pacific Ocean or northern Indian Ocean, having sustained winds of at least 64 knots (74 miles per hour, 33 meters per second): typhoons form in waters with surface temperatures of about 80°F (27°C), intensifying as temperatures rise.Compare hurricane (def. 1).
(initial capital letter)Military.
  1. a single-engine British ground attack aircraft of World War II.
  2. NATO's name for a class of nuclear-powered Soviet ballistic missile submarine carrying 20 multiwarhead missiles.



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Origin of typhoon

First recorded in 1580–90; alteration (influenced by Greek tȳphôn “violent wind, whirlwind”) of earlier touffon, tufan, from Arabic ṭūfān “hurricane, deluge” (perhaps from Greek tȳphôn ), from dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) taaî fung, equivalent to Chinese dàfēng “great wind”
ty·phon·ic [tahy-fon-ik], /taɪˈfɒn ɪk/, adjective
cyclone, hurricane, tidal wave, tornado, tsunami, typhoon
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British Dictionary definitions for typhoon

/ (taɪˈfuːn) /


a violent tropical storm or cyclone, esp in the China seas and W Pacific
a violent storm of India
typhonic (taɪˈfɒnɪk), adjective
C16: from Chinese tai fung great wind, from tai great + fung wind; influenced by Greek tuphōn whirlwind
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Scientific definitions for typhoon

[ tī-fōōn ]

A violent cyclonic storm occurring in the western Pacific Ocean. See Note at cyclone.
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Cultural definitions for typhoon


In meteorology, a type of cyclone occurring in the western regions of the Pacific Ocean.

A typhoon is similar to a hurricane in levels of destructiveness.
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