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Definition of Cycle

Cycle

  1. An imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens; one of the celestial spheres.
  2. An interval of time in which a certain succession of events or phenomena is completed, and then returns again and again, uniformly and continually in the same order; a periodical space of time marked by the recurrence of something peculiar; as, the cycle of the seasons, or of the year.
  3. An age; a long period of time.
  4. An orderly list for a given time; a calendar.
  5. The circle of subjects connected with the exploits of the hero or heroes of some particular period which have served as a popular theme for poetry, as the legend of Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, and that of Charlemagne and his paladins.
  6. One entire round in a circle or a spire; as, a cycle or set of leaves.
  7. A bicycle or tricycle, or other light velocipede.
  8. To pass through a cycle of changes; to recur in cycles.
  9. To ride a bicycle, tricycle, or other form of cycle.
  10. A series of operations in which heat is imparted to (or taken away from) a working substance which by its expansion gives up a part of its internal energy in the form of mechanical work (or being compressed increases its internal energy) and is again brought back to its original state.
  11. A complete positive and negative wave of an alternating current; one period. The number of cycles (per second) is a measure of the frequency of an alternating current.

Cycle Quotations

The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat, too.
Stephen Covey

All the seven deadly sins are man's true nature. To be greedy. To be hateful. To have lust. Of course, you have to control them, but if you're made to feel guilty for being human, then you're going to be trapped in a never-ending sin-and-repent cycle that you can't escape from.
Marilyn Manson

I was a terrible student. Still, I managed to get into college, but my daydreaming threatened to sabotage me. I used behavior modification to break the cycle. I started by setting an arbitrary time limit on studying: for every 15 minutes of study, I'd allow myself an hour of daydreaming. I set the alarm.
Sandra Cisneros

Our health care system squanders money because it is designed to react to emergencies. Homeless shelters, hospital emergency rooms, jails, prisons - these are expensive and ineffective ways to intervene and there are people who clearly profit from this cycle of continued suffering.
Pete Earley

When we looked at the life cycle in our 40s, we looked to old people for wisdom. At 80, though, we look at other 80-year-olds to see who got wise and who not. Lots of old people don't get wise, but you don't get wise unless you age.
Erik Erikson
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Cycle Translations

cycle in Afrikaans is fietsry, fiets
cycle in Danish is cykel
cycle in Dutch is wielrijden, fietsen
cycle in German is Ablauf [zeitl.] {m}, Kreisprozess, Zyklus
cycle in Italian is circolazione, andare in bicicletta
cycle in Norwegian is sykkel
cycle in Portuguese is ciclo, bicicleta
cycle in Spanish is ciclo, bicicleta
cycle in Swedish is cykel
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