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[sahy-klon-ik] /saɪˈklɒn ɪk/
adjective, Meteorology
of or relating to a cyclone.
describing a direction of rotation that is counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
Also, cyclonical.
Origin of cyclonic
1855-60; cyclone + -ic
Related forms
cyclonically, adverb
precyclonic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Clouds moved in every direction resembling cyclonic clouds.
  • The presence of cyclonic flow is particularly problematic, and sampling should be avoided where cyclonic flow is present.
  • In these instances, the presence or absence of cyclonic flow at the sampling location must be determined.
  • Embedded with a large cyclonic envelope, the storm's motion became erratic.
Word Origin and History for cyclonic

1860, from cyclone + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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