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From Ancient Greek κυκλικός (kuklikós).


  • IPA(key): /ˈsaɪklɪk/, /ˈsɪklɪk/
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cyclic (comparative more cyclic, superlative most cyclic)

  1. Characterized by, or moving in cycles, or happening at regular intervals.
    The weather had a cyclic pattern of rain and sun.
    • 1960 March, “Talking of Trains: N.E. cyclic m.u. workings”, in Trains Illustrated, page 136:
      Our recent article on the York-Knaresborough-Harrogate branch mentioned that the diesel multiple-units covering the passenger service did so in the course of complicated cyclic diagrams.
  2. (chemistry, of a compound) Having chains of atoms arranged in a ring.
    Benzene and cyclohexane are both cyclic compounds.
  3. (botany) Having parts arranged in a whorl.
  4. (mathematics, of a group) Being generated by only one element.
  5. (geometry, of a polygon) Able to be inscribed in a circle.



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