|1.||a recurring period of time in which certain events or phenomena occur and reach completion or repeat themselves in a regular sequence|
|2.||a completed series of events that follows or is followed by another series of similar events occurring in the same sequence|
|3.||the time taken or needed for one such series|
|4.||a vast period of time; age; aeon|
|5.||a group of poems or prose narratives forming a continuous story about a central figure or event: the Arthurian cycle|
|6.||a series of miracle plays: the Chester cycle|
|7.||See song cycle a group or sequence of songs|
|8.||bicycle tricycle short for motorcycle|
|9.||astronomy the orbit of a celestial body|
|10.||a recurrent series of events or processes in plants and animals: a life cycle; a growth cycle; a metabolic cycle|
|11.||physics a continuous change or a sequence of changes in the state of a system that leads to the restoration of the system to its original state after a finite period of time|
|12.||one of a series of repeated changes in the magnitude of a periodically varying quantity, such as current or voltage|
|a. a set of operations that can be both treated and repeated as a unit|
|b. the time required to complete a set of operations|
|c. one oscillation of the regular voltage waveform used to synchronize processes in a digital computer|
|14.||(in generative grammar) the set of cyclic rules|
|15.||(tr) to process through a cycle or system|
|16.||(intr) to move in or pass through cycles|
|17.||to travel by or ride a bicycle or tricycle|
|[C14: from Late Latin cyclus, from Greek kuklos cycle, circle, ring, wheel; see |
cycle cy·cle (sī'kəl)
An interval of time during which a characteristic, often regularly repeated event or sequence of events occurs.
A single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon.
A periodically repeated sequence of events.