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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
1810-1820
1810-20; cyclic + -al1
Related forms
cyclically, adverb
cyclicality, noun
noncyclical, adjective
noncyclically, adverb
procyclical, adjective
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Examples 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

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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