Definition of hurricane in English:



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

    • ‘The strongest part of a hurricane is the eye wall, on the edge of the calm center.’
    • ‘Severe tropical cyclones correspond to the hurricanes or typhoons of other parts of the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thousands of people displaced by the hurricane are forced to find new homes in new cities and states.’
    • ‘In fact, tropical storms or hurricanes have ended many droughts in Texas, and other parts of the world.’
    • ‘Planned as temporary refuge from the hurricane and flood waters, they became sites of official neglect.’
    • ‘Tonight so many victims of the hurricane and the flood are far from home and friends and familiar things.’
    • ‘The last big storm here was in 1993, and it wasn't even a hurricane or a tropical storm.’
    • ‘Gray expects at least three named tropical storms and two hurricanes this month.’
    • ‘From hurricanes to floods to unbearable heat, 2005 was one for the record weather books.’
    • ‘The main post office here in New Orleans flooded right after the hurricane.’
    • ‘There is chaos around you, caused by a hurricane and severe floods.’
    • ‘This book shows the tracks of all the hurricanes and tropical storms recorded over more than a century.’
    • ‘The hurricane has claimed 65 lives with winds gusting up to 155 mph but Jamaica missed the worst of it.’
    • ‘First, wind and water erode it, especially during tropical storms and hurricanes.’
    • ‘About 1,100 oil platforms were exposed to the full force of the hurricane.’
    • ‘There was little structural damage, but the hurricane downed trees and blew roofs off of some bungalows.’
    • ‘We see this a lot during tropical storms and hurricanes off the Florida coast.’
    • ‘The hurricane caused a surge of water that flooded large areas of the historic city center.’
    cyclone, typhoon, tornado, storm, tropical storm, tempest, windstorm, superstorm, gale, squall, whirlwind
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    1. 1.1A wind of force 12 on the Beaufort scale (equal to or exceeding 64 knots or 74 mph)


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