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typhoon vs. cyclone
[ tahy-foon ]
- 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.
- Typhoon, Military.
- a single-engine British ground attack aircraft of World War II.
- NATO's name for a class of nuclear-powered Soviet ballistic missile submarine carrying 20 multiwarhead missiles.
[ sahy-klohn ]
- a large-scale, atmospheric wind-and-pressure system characterized by low pressure at its center and by circular wind motion, counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
- (not in technical use) tornado (def. 1).
- a device for removing small or powdered solids from air, water, or other gases or liquids by centrifugal force.