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cyclical

[sahy-kli-kuh l, sik-li-] /ˈsaɪ klɪ kəl, ˈsɪk lɪ-/
adjective
1.
2.
of or denoting a business or stock whose income, value, or earnings fluctuate widely according to variations in the economy or the cycle of the seasons:
Selling Christmas decorations is a cyclical business.
noun
3.
Usually, cyclicals. stocks of cyclical companies.
Origin of cyclical
1810-1820
1810-20; cyclic + -al1
Related forms
cyclically, adverb
cyclicality, noun
noncyclical, adjective
noncyclically, adverb
procyclical, adjective
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cyclic

/ˈsaɪklɪk; ˈsɪklɪk/
adjective
1.
recurring or revolving in cycles
2.
(of an organic compound) containing a closed saturated or unsaturated ring of atoms See also heterocyclic, homocyclic
3.
(botany)
  1. arranged in whorls: cyclic petals
  2. 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
Derived Forms
cyclically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cyclical
adj.

1817, from cyclic + -al (1).

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