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English noun: cycle

1. cycle (time) an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs

SamplesThe never-ending cycle of the seasons.

Synonymsrhythm, round

Broader (hypernym)interval, time interval

Part holonymphase, phase angle

2. cycle (group) a series of poems or songs on the same theme

SamplesSchubert's song cycles.

Broader (hypernym)series

3. cycle (event) a periodically repeated sequence of events

SamplesA cycle of reprisal and retaliation.

Broader (hypernym)repeat, repetition

Narrower (hyponym)merry-go-round, samsara

4. cycle (time) the unit of frequency; one hertz has a periodic interval of one second

Synonymscps, cycle per second, cycles/second, hertz, Hz

Broader (hypernym)rate

Part meronymkc, kHz, kilocycle, kilocycle per second, kilohertz

5. cycle (event) a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon

SamplesA year constitutes a cycle of the seasons.


Broader (hypernym)periodic event, recurrent event

Narrower (hyponym)cardiac cycle, Carnot cycle, Carnot's ideal cycle, menstrual cycle, pass

6. cycle (artifact) a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals

Synonymsbicycle, bike, wheel

Broader (hypernym)wheeled vehicle

Narrower (hyponym)all-terrain bike, bicycle-built-for-two, mountain bike, off-roader, ordinary, ordinary bicycle, push-bike, safety bicycle, safety bike, tandem, tandem bicycle, velocipede

Part holonymbicycle seat, bicycle wheel, chain, coaster brake, foot lever, foot pedal, handlebar, kickstand, mudguard, pedal, saddle, splash guard, splash-guard, sprocket, sprocket wheel, treadle

English verb: cycle

1. cycle (motion) cause to go through a recurring sequence

SamplesCycle the laundry in this washing program.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)make pass, pass

Narrower (hyponym)recycle

2. cycle (motion) pass through a cycle

SamplesThis machine automatically cycles.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)go across, go through, pass

Narrower (hyponym)cycle on

3. cycle (motion) ride a motorcycle

Synonymsmotorbike, motorcycle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)ride


4. cycle (motion) ride a bicycle

Synonymsbicycle, bike, pedal, wheel

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)ride

Narrower (hyponym)backpedal, unicycle

5. cycle (change) recur in repeating sequences

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)recur, repeat

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