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hurricane

Definition:

a severe tropical cyclone usually with heavy rains and winds moving a 73 to 136 knots (12 on the Beaufort scale)

Class:

phenomenon noun (natural phenomena)

Plural:

hurricanes

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

a partially deformed adoptation from Spanish huracan (Gonzalo Fernandez de...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Tropical cyclone

a rapidly-rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure center, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain. Tropical cyclones typically form over large bodies of relatively warm water. They derive their... (35 of 15302 words, pronunciations, 20 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Tropical cyclone

Hurricane (disambiguation)

a tropical cyclone, occurring in the North Atlantic Ocean or the Northeast Pacific Ocean, east of the International Dateline. A ... | Hurricane, Utah | Hurricane, West Virginia | Hurricane, Wisconsin | Hurricane Deck, Missouri | Hurricane Mills,... (33 of 948 words, 84 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Hurricane (disambiguation)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

hurricane [weather]

local name in the Caribbean, North Atlantic, and eastern North Pacific regions for a large tropical cyclone. (17 of 18 words, 12 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/277353​/hurricane

Wiktionary:

hurricane | hurricanes [plural]

A severe tropical cyclone in the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, or in the eastern North Pacific off the ... | [meteorology] a wind scale for quite strong wind, stronger than a storm | [sports, aerial freestyle skiing] ... (39 of 138 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hurricane

American Heritage Dictionary:

hurricane

A severe tropical cyclone having winds greater than 64 knots (74 miles per ... | A wind with a speed greater than 64 knots (74 miles per hour; 119 ... (28 of 108 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hurricane

New World Dictionary:

hurricane

a violent tropical cyclone with winds moving at 73 or more miles per hour, ... | anything like a hurricane in force and speed (23 of 59 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hurricane

Collins Dictionary:

hurricane

a severe, often destructive storm, especially a tropical cyclone | a wind of force 12 or above on the Beaufort scale | [modifier] | anything acting ... (23 of 486 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hurricane

Merriam-Webster:

hurricane [entry 1, noun] | ado [synonym, sense-specific] | alarums and excursions [synonym, sense-specific] | ballyhoo [synonym, sense-specific] | blather [synonym, sense-specific] | bluster [synonym, sense-specific] | bobbery [synonym, sense-specific] | bother [synonym, sense-specific] | bustle [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a tropical cyclone with winds of 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour or ... | something resembling a hurricane especially in its turmoil (22 of 209 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hurricane

hurricane [entry 2, adjective]

having or being a glass chimney providing protection from wind (10 of 24 words, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hurricane show=1

Columbia Encyclopedia:

hurricane | typhoon

tropical cyclone in which winds attain speeds greater than 74 mi (119 km) per hr. Wind speeds reach over 190 mi (289 km) per hr in some hurricanes. ... (28 of 106 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/weather​/A​0824612​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

hurricane

a storm with a violent wind, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean. | a wind of force 12 on the Beaufort scale (equal to or exceeding 64 ... (28 of 81 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hurricane

Random House Dictionary:

hurricane | Hurricane [sense-specific]

a violent, tropical, cyclonic storm of the western North Atlantic, having wind speeds of or in excess of 72 mph (32 m/sec). | a storm of the most ... (27 of 81 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/hurricane

Cambridge Dictionary:

hurricane

a violent wind which has a circular movement, especially found in the West Atlantic Ocean (15 of 41 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/hurricane

Macmillan British Dictionary:

hurricane [countable] | hurricanes [plural]

a violent storm with extremely strong winds and heavy rain (10 of 36 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/hurricane

Encarta Dictionary:

hurricane | hurricanes [plural]

a severe tropical storm with torrential rain and extremely strong winds. ... | a wind of above 119 km (74 mi) per hour, classified as force 12 or ... (27 of 99 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861619274​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

hurricane

First use: 1550s

Origin: a partially deformed adoptation from Spanish huracan (Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdés, "Historia General y Natural de las Indias", ... (21 of 136 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=hurricane

Wiktionary:

hurricane | hurricanes [plural]

Origin: Spanish huracán, ultimately from the name of the Taino storm god Juracán whom the Taínos believed dwelled on El Yunque mountain and, when he was upset, sent the strong winds and rain upon them. | Coined by Jeret Peterson

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hurricane

Oxford Dictionary:

hurricane

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Spanish huracán, probably from Taino hurakán "god of the storm"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hurricane

Collins Dictionary:

hurricane

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Spanish huracán, from Taino hurakán, from hura wind

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hurricane

American Heritage Dictionary:

hurricane

Origin: Spanish huracán, from Taino hurákan; akin to Arawak kulakani, thunder.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hurricane

New World Dictionary:

hurricane

Origin: Spanish huracán from West Indian (Taino) huracan

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hurricane

Merriam-Webster:

hurricane [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1555

Origin: Spanish huracán, from Taino hurakán

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hurricane

Encarta Dictionary:

hurricane | hurricanes [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Spanish from Taino hurakán "god of the storm"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861619274​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

hurricane | hurricanes [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hurricane"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hurricane

Collins Dictionary:

hurricane

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hurricane"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hurricane

Cambridge Dictionary:

hurricane

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "hurricane"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "hurricane"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/hurricane

Macmillan British Dictionary:

hurricane [countable] | hurricanes [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "hurricane"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "hurricane"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/hurricane

Macmillan American Dictionary:

hurricane [countable] | hurricanes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hurricane"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/hurricane

the Free Dictionary:

hurricane

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "hurricane"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "hurricane"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "hurricane" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/hurricane

Google Dictionary:

hurricane | hurricanes [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "hurricane"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

hurricane

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hurricane"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=hurric​01 word=hurricane

YourDictionary Audio:

hurricane

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hurricane" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hurricane

freedictionary.org:

hurricane

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hurricane" by speech synthesizer

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