Definition of hurricane in US English:

hurricane

noun

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

    ‘a powerful hurricane hit the Florida coast’
    figurative ‘the manager resigned in a hurricane of disagreement’
    • ‘Thousands of people displaced by the hurricane are forced to find new homes in new cities and states.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a hurricane and a tropical storm moving in, the State of Florida is bracing for a beating.’
    • ‘First, wind and water erode it, especially during tropical storms and hurricanes.’
    • ‘This book shows the tracks of all the hurricanes and tropical storms recorded over more than a century.’
    • ‘Tonight so many victims of the hurricane and the flood are far from home and friends and familiar things.’
    • ‘Planned as temporary refuge from the hurricane and flood waters, they became sites of official neglect.’
    • ‘Severe tropical cyclones correspond to the hurricanes or typhoons of other parts of the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gray expects at least three named tropical storms and two hurricanes this month.’
    • ‘We see this a lot during tropical storms and hurricanes off the Florida coast.’
    • ‘The strongest part of a hurricane is the eye wall, on the edge of the calm center.’
    • ‘In fact, tropical storms or hurricanes have ended many droughts in Texas, and other parts of the world.’
    • ‘The main post office here in New Orleans flooded right after the hurricane.’
    • ‘The season is barely two full days old and we've already had nine advisories, although as yet no tropical storms or hurricanes.’
    • ‘The last big storm here was in 1993, and it wasn't even a hurricane or a tropical storm.’
    • ‘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.’
    cyclone, typhoon, tornado, storm, tropical storm, tempest, windstorm, superstorm, gale, squall, whirlwind
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 A wind of force 12 on the Beaufort scale (equal to or exceeding 64 knots or 74 mph).

Origin

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

Pronunciation

hurricane

/ˈhəriˌkān//ˈhərɪˌkeɪn/