WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
cy•clic /ˈsaɪklɪk, ˈsɪklɪk/USA pronunciation  also  ˈcy•clic•al, adj. 
  1. happening or occurring in cycles:cyclic events.
See -cycle-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
cy•clic  (sīklik, siklik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. revolving or recurring in cycles; characterized by recurrence in cycles.
  2. of, pertaining to, or constituting a cycle or cycles.
  3. Chemistryof or pertaining to a compound that contains a closed chain or ring of atoms (contrasted with acyclic).
  4. Botany
    • arranged in whorls, as the parts of a flower.
    • (of a flower) having the parts so arranged.
  5. Mathematics
    • pertaining to an algebraic system in which all the elements of a group are powers of one element.
    • (of a set of elements) arranged as if on a circle, so that the first element follows the last.
cy•clic•i•ty  (sī klisi tē),USA pronunciation n. 
  • Greek kyklikós circular. See cycle, -ic
  • Latin cyclicus
  • 1785–95


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

cyclic /ˈsaɪklɪk; ˈsɪklɪk/, cyclical /ˈsaɪklɪkəl; ˈsɪklɪkəl/ adj
  1. recurring or revolving in cycles
  2. (of an organic compound) containing a closed saturated or unsaturated ring of atoms
  3. arranged in whorls: cyclic petals
  4. having parts arranged in this way: cyclic flowers

ˈcyclically adv



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