cyclic

[sahy-klik, sik-lik]
adjective
1.
revolving or recurring in cycles; characterized by recurrence in cycles.
2.
of, pertaining to, or constituting a cycle or cycles.
3.
Chemistry. of or pertaining to a compound that contains a closed chain or ring of atoms (contrasted with acyclic ).
4.
Botany.
a.
arranged in whorls, as the parts of a flower.
b.
(of a flower) having the parts so arranged.
5.
Mathematics.
a.
pertaining to an algebraic system in which all the elements of a group are powers of one element.
b.
(of a set of elements) arranged as if on a circle, so that the first element follows the last.

Origin:
1785–95; < Latin cyclicus < Greek kyklikós circular. See cycle, -ic

cyclicity [sahy-klis-i-tee] , noun
noncyclic, adjective
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cyclic or cyclical (ˈsaɪklɪk, ˈsɪklɪk, ˈsaɪklɪkəl, ˈsɪklɪkəl)
 
adj
1.  recurring or revolving in cycles
2.  heterocyclic See also homocyclic (of an organic compound) containing a closed saturated or unsaturated ring of atoms
3.  botany
 a.  arranged in whorls: cyclic petals
 b.  having parts arranged in this way: cyclic flowers
4.  music of or relating to a musical form consisting of several movements sharing thematic material
5.  geometry (of a polygon) having vertices that lie on a circle
6.  (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
 
cyclical or cyclical
 
adj
 
'cyclically or cyclical
 
adv

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cyclic
1794, from Fr. cyclique (16c.), from L. cyclicus, from Gk. kyklikos "moving in a circle," from kyklos (see cycle). Related: Cyclical (1817).
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cyclic cy·clic (sī'klĭk, sĭk'lĭk) or cy·cli·cal (sī'klĭ-kəl, sĭk'lĭ-kəl)
adj.

  1. Relating to or characterized by cycles.

  2. Recurring or moving in cycles.

  3. Relating to chemical compounds having atoms arranged in a ring or closed-chain structure.


cy'cli·cal'i·ty (sĭk'lə-kāl'ĭ-tē, sī'klə-) n.
cy'cli·cal·ly adv.
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cyclic   (sĭk'lĭk, sī'klĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Occurring or moving in cycles.

  2. Relating to a compound having atoms arranged in a ring or closed-chain structure. Benzene is a cyclic compound.

  3. Having parts arranged in a whorl.


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Example sentences
But steel alloys subjected to cyclic stress levels below their endurance limit rarely fail as a result of fatigue.
The latest version of the cyclic model even matches key pieces of observational evidence supporting the older view.
To dismiss how these cycles continuously repeat themselves is to be oblivious to cyclic patterns.
Time is measured by cyclic periods of physical motion.
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