Main definitions of hurricane in English

: hurricane1Hurricane2

hurricane1

noun

  • 1A storm with a violent wind, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean.

    • ‘There was little structural damage, but the hurricane downed trees and blew roofs off of some bungalows.’
    • ‘The strongest part of a hurricane is the eye wall, on the edge of the calm center.’
    • ‘From hurricanes to floods to unbearable heat, 2005 was one for the record weather books.’
    • ‘The hurricane has claimed 65 lives with winds gusting up to 155 mph but Jamaica missed the worst of it.’
    • ‘The main post office here in New Orleans flooded right after the hurricane.’
    • ‘The hurricane caused a surge of water that flooded large areas of the historic city center.’
    • ‘There is chaos around you, caused by a hurricane and severe floods.’
    • ‘Thousands of people displaced by the hurricane are forced to find new homes in new cities and states.’
    • ‘The last big storm here was in 1993, and it wasn't even a hurricane or a tropical storm.’
    • ‘Severe tropical cyclones correspond to the hurricanes or typhoons of other parts of the world.’
    • ‘Tonight so many victims of the hurricane and the flood are far from home and friends and familiar things.’
    • ‘About 1,100 oil platforms were exposed to the full force of the hurricane.’
    • ‘Planned as temporary refuge from the hurricane and flood waters, they became sites of official neglect.’
    • ‘First, wind and water erode it, especially during tropical storms and hurricanes.’
    • ‘In fact, tropical storms or hurricanes have ended many droughts in Texas, and other parts of the world.’
    • ‘We see this a lot during tropical storms and hurricanes off the Florida coast.’
    • ‘The season is barely two full days old and we've already had nine advisories, although as yet no tropical storms or hurricanes.’
    • ‘With a hurricane and a tropical storm moving in, the State of Florida is bracing for a beating.’
    • ‘This book shows the tracks of all the hurricanes and tropical storms recorded over more than a century.’
    • ‘Gray expects at least three named tropical storms and two hurricanes this month.’
    cyclone, typhoon, tornado, storm, tropical storm, tempest, windstorm, superstorm, gale, squall, whirlwind
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    1. 1.1 A wind of force 12 on the Beaufort scale (equal to or exceeding 64 knots or 118 km/h).

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Spanish huracán, probably from Taino hurakán ‘god of the storm’.

Pronunciation

hurricane

/ˈhʌrɪkeɪn//ˈhʌrɪk(ə)n/

Main definitions of hurricane in English

: hurricane1Hurricane2

Hurricane2

proper noun

  • A single-seat, single-engined British fighter aircraft of the Second World War, produced by the Hawker company and remembered in particular for its role in the Battle of Britain along with the Spitfire.

Pronunciation

Hurricane

/ˈhʌrɪk(ə)n//ˈhʌrɪkeɪn/