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Noun: cycle  sI-kul
  1. An interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs
    "the never-ending cycle of the seasons";
    - rhythm, round
  2. A series of poems or songs on the same theme
    "Schubert's song cycles"
  3. A periodically repeated sequence of events
    "a cycle of reprisal and retaliation"
  4. The unit of frequency; one hertz has a periodic interval of one second (named for Heinrich Rudolph Hertz)
    - hertz, Hz, cycle per second, cycles/second, cps, cycles per second
  5. A single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon
    "a year constitutes a cycle of the seasons";
    - oscillation
  6. A wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
    - bicycle, bike
Verb: cycle  sI-kul
  1. Cause to go through a recurring sequence
    "cycle the laundry in this washing program"
  2. Pass through a cycle
    "This machine automatically cycles"
  3. Ride a motorcycle
    - motorbike, motorcycle
  4. Ride a bicycle
    - bicycle, bike, pedal, wheel
  5. Recur in repeating sequences
  6. (electronics) turn the power off and back on
    "Avoid cycling the device unnecessarily"

Derived forms: cycling, cycles, cycled

Type of: interval, make pass, pass, periodic event, rate, recur, recurrent event, reoccur, repeat, repetition, ride, series, time interval, wheeled vehicle

Part of: kc, kHz, kilocycle, kilocycle per second, kilohertz

Encyclopedia: Cycle, North Carolina