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[sahy-kli-kuh l, sik-li-] /ˈsaɪ klɪ kəl, ˈsɪk lɪ-/
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.
Usually, cyclicals. stocks of cyclical companies.
Origin of cyclical
1810-20; cyclic + -al1
Related forms
cyclically, adverb
cyclicality, noun
noncyclical, adjective
noncyclically, adverb
procyclical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cyclical
  • It is early days, but the commission thinks that such cyclical convergence is slowly happening.
  • Markets may not follow predictable, cyclical patterns, but the photographs chosen to illustrate market trends sure do.
  • It may be that our current dilemma is another episode in a longish cyclical history.
  • cyclical unemployment usually increases during a recession.
  • Gray and other research meteorologists say that active hurricane seasons are cyclical.
  • cyclical motions of suns, planets and galaxies introduce space frame skipping at their centers with respect to the peripheries.
  • cyclical stocks, from paper and chemicals to heavy machinery and media, were among the strongest gainers.
  • First, the media is biased toward covering cyclical and unexpected change, at the expense of steady and expected change.
  • He believes that this aspect of trading may be less cyclical than other sources of revenue, such as proprietary positions.
  • The planet's climate does get warmer and cooler on a cyclical basis.
British Dictionary definitions for cyclical


/ˈsaɪklɪk; ˈsɪklɪk/
recurring or revolving in cycles
(of an organic compound) containing a closed saturated or unsaturated ring of atoms See also heterocyclic, homocyclic
  1. arranged in whorls: cyclic petals
  2. having parts arranged in this way: cyclic flowers
(music) of or relating to a musical form consisting of several movements sharing thematic material
(geometry) (of a polygon) having vertices that lie on a circle
(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

1817, from cyclic + -al (1).

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