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[tahy-foon] /taɪˈfun/
a tropical cyclone or hurricane of the western Pacific area and the China seas.
a violent storm or tempest of India.
(initial capital letter) Military.
  1. a single-engine British ground attack aircraft of World War II.
  2. NATO's name for a class of nuclear-powered Soviet ballistic missile submarine carrying 20 multiwarhead missiles.
1580-90; < dialectal Chinese, akin to Chinese dàfēng great wind, altered by association with Greek tȳphôn violent wind
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[tahy-fon-ik] /taɪˈfɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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Examples for typhoons
  • Graduate-advising disasters are the typhoons, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions of the academic planet.
  • Jet power plants are simply automatic typhoons, effortlessly blowing hot air.
  • typhoons usually pack stronger winds than hurricanes.
  • What differentiates cyclones from hurricanes and typhoons is where they arise.
  • typhoons and other forms of extreme weather are scaring away tourists and giving large cargo ships reasons to seek other ports.
  • The island suffered alone through typhoons and droughts, diseases and lack of medical care.
  • When typhoons come ashore, they will leave behind a lot of rain, as they tend to move north.
  • Additional tube rides simulate typhoons and waterfalls, while a water fort has tipping buckets, turning wheels and water curtains.
  • The widespread lack of food is largely due to environmental problems such as droughts, flooding and occasional typhoons.
  • The lake swells from spring snowmelt and precipitation as well as the autumn deluges of typhoons.
British Dictionary definitions for typhoons


a violent tropical storm or cyclone, esp in the China seas and W Pacific
a violent storm of India
Derived Forms
typhonic (taɪˈfɒnɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Chinese tai fung great wind, from tai great + fung wind; influenced by Greek tuphōn whirlwind
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Word Origin and History for typhoons
the modern word represents a coincidence and convergence of at least two unrelated words of similar sound and sense. Tiphon "violent storm, whirlwind, tornado" is recorded from 1555, from Gk. typhon "whirlwind," personified as a giant, father of the winds, perhaps from typhein "to smoke." The meaning "cyclone, violent hurricane of India or the China Seas" (1588) is first recorded in T. Hickock's translation of an account in Italian of a voyage to the East Indies by Cæsar Frederick, a merchant of Venice, probably borrowed from, or infl. by, Chinese (Cantonese) tai fung "a great wind," from tu "big" + feng "wind;" name given to violent cyclonic storms in the China seas. A third possibility is tufan, a word in Arabic, Persian and Hindi meaning "big cyclonic storm" (and the source of Port. tufao), which may be from Gk. typhon but commonly is said to be a noun of action from Arabic tafa "to turn round."
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typhoons in Science
A violent cyclonic storm occurring in the western Pacific Ocean. See Note at cyclone.
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typhoons in Culture

typhoon definition

In meteorology, a type of cyclone occurring in the western regions of the Pacific Ocean.

Note: A typhoon is similar to a hurricane in levels of destructiveness.
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