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a cycle path (=for people riding bicycles)
▪ They should put a cycle path along the edge of each new road they build.
a walking/cycling/sightseeing etc tour
▪ a cycling tour of Cornwall
▪ We met on a coach tour in Italy.
clock cycle
cycle lane
cycle path
cycling shorts
life cycle
menstrual cycle
▪ the menstrual cycle
▪ Near Lake Como there is even an annual cycle race that visits the sites mentioned in the book.
▪ Each annual cycle entailed the repetition of well-tried methods which had to be taken in common.
▪ Limitations on virement ensure that the annual budgetary cycle becomes vitally important.
▪ Managers need to know about the annual financial cycle, the bureau budget and its management and local authority finance.
▪ Brandt switched the emphasis from geographical variation to the study of the annual cycle of plankton growth found in the northern oceans.
▪ Our information services will benefit from longer-term planning than the current annual estimating cycle.
▪ Thus even age measurements such as radioactive clocks that are independent of annual cycles need to be converted into years.
▪ The life cycle varies, but some species from temperate zones have an annual cycle.
▪ Night and day are complementary parts of a complete cycle.
▪ However, most employers feel that the best training is obtained by working through one complete budget cycle.
▪ A complete excitation cycle consists of four steps, corresponding to excitation of each phase by each current polarity.
▪ A complete cycle of movement is drawn on the right of Fig. 10.1.
▪ While I have been away, it seems the place has been through a complete historical cycle.
▪ The period to be covered, 1974-89, encompasses two complete international economic cycles.
▪ The period to be covered, 1974-89, encompasses two complete international economic cycles.
▪ Third, a market economy can experience major economic cycles.
▪ Markets produce unavoidable economic cycles of expansion and contraction. 4.
▪ The need is to consider the economic life cycle of each alternative in order to determine the optimal replacement.
▪ The gap in fortunes is not just a result of out-of-sync economic cycles.
▪ The index closely mirrored the economic cycle.
▪ At the present uncertain stage in the economic cycle, the commodity most urgently lacking is confidence.
▪ He referred, in particular, to the lack of synchronisation between the economic cycles of the two countries.
▪ Thus the endless cycle of reform, repression and violent response may be about to enter a new phase.
▪ The lives of peasants are dictated by the arduous and endless cycle of their crops.
▪ Yet breaking the endless cycle of global poverty that powers these wars is achievable, Mr Annan says.
▪ Blaming quickiy becomes a dangerous and endless cycle that may escalate into acts of violence and crime.
▪ Hindus believe in an endless cycle of creation and destruction.
▪ Until recently her life had been an endless cycle of grinding poverty and growing hopelessness.
▪ Those of some larger mammals, for example hares and lynx, fluctuate in longer cycles of 10-13 years.
▪ For a number of years after 1865, a long humid cycle brought uninterrupted above-average rainfall to the plains.
▪ It is focused on pricing and delivering saying Unix software has outgrown the long sales cycle.
▪ These longer cycles may offer an antidote to the dis-ease created by the nanosecond culture.
▪ I still left Winston Street every morning for the long cycle ride through town and up the Banbury Road.
▪ Also, the menstrual cycle of women can seriously disrupt fluid levels, causing in some cases increases of several pounds.
▪ Just knowing that one is participating in a study of the menstrual cycle can increase reports of negative symptoms by 80 percent.
▪ Sometimes a mood, or a phase of the menstrual cycle, will bring about a definite aversion to keeping up appearances.
▪ When women experience problems with their menstrual cycles, such as irregular periods, doctors often give them hormones.
▪ Her own menstrual cycle, including its uncomfortable drawing to a close, had been strictly her own affair.
▪ The study will continue until at least 50 premenopausal women with heart attacks and known menstrual-cycle history have been recruited.
▪ The mean menstrual cycle length was 28 days.
▪ But confusion reigned over the idea of the menstrual cycle.
▪ The transfer took place during a natural cycle, and, to date, the pregnancy has gone smoothly.
▪ It was serious, but nothing that was necessarily unexplainable by the natural cycles of health and disease in such forests.
▪ Life is a natural cycle just like the changing seasons so youth must move to middle age and then proceed to death.
▪ Humans are born, and they die; all is part of the natural cycle of birth and death.
▪ Some projects may have a much shorter cycle.
▪ The 1990s will be an age of niche markets, intense competition, and extremely short product life cycles.
▪ Practices with less stable populations would have to run shorter cycles to achieve similar detection rates.
▪ Another requirement to respond to unanticipated change is a short production cycle.
▪ This vicious cycle is shown in Figure 5.2.
▪ In a vicious cycle, weight gain increases insulin resistance increases weight gain.
▪ Women with bulimia may also be ignorant of how their behaviour perpetuates their symptoms, creating a vicious cycle which traps them.
▪ When you become anxious about sleeplessness, you start a vicious cycle.
▪ A simplified version of the vicious cycle - at its worst - is shown in Figure 1.
▪ The problem evolves into a vicious cycle.
▪ If you make it a chore or a conflict you are already back on the vicious cycle.
▪ As more species of life are slowly added to the embryonic aquarium, the water becomes extremely sensitive to vicious cycles.
▪ The whole cycle, from north to south to north, takes 18.61 years.
▪ The whole cycle is measured in days.
▪ Stage by stage, the whole complex life cycle of the parasite was worked out.
▪ And next year, the requests might double, with the whole dreary cycle restarting at an upped ante.
▪ The whole development cycle is streamlined when the programmer can visualise and monitor program execution.
▪ Eventually they will be used once more and the whole cycle will then have to be repeated.
▪ Robert half-expected the whole cycle to start again, so long had he waited for an answer to this question.
▪ The business cycle is still there.
▪ Then we discuss some political problems including political business cycles.
▪ They took charge of their new positions at different stages in the business cycle.
▪ Actually, no matter what happens to the business cycle, people will continue to eat and to get sick.
▪ Theoretically, capitalism should not have business cycles at all.
▪ It really worries me what the impact could be in a few years when we hit the bottom of the business cycle.
▪ Many differentiated cells retain the ability to return to the cell cycle when confronted with the appropriate mitogenic stimulus.
▪ Their third suggestion is that the cell cycle is important and may need to be controlled.
▪ These observations defined the structure of the cell cycle experiments, as carried out in January and February of 1995.
▪ This, then, is how the cell cycle in general seems to be controlled.
▪ Something else was important, too; and that something else was the cell cycle.
▪ In those days Lawrence and I had very little idea indeed of what the cell cycle actually is.
▪ Besides, even within cell biology, ideas on the cell cycle were still in the formative stages.
▪ For the cloning biologists of the 1980s, however, the cell cycle had to remain just an uncomfortable awareness.
▪ The reasoning is that legislators' lives revolve around the election cycles.
▪ Since 1946, the average swing per election cycle has been 24 seats.
▪ Alongside the other strategic arguments in its favour, the economics of the uranium fuel cycle had been taken for granted.
▪ Reprocessing is becoming an increasingly costly item in the fuel cycle of Britain's ageing Magnox reactors.
▪ The production of nuclear fuel was developed and other aspects of the fuel cycle investigated.
▪ One possible fusion fuel cycle involves D-He 3 reactions.
▪ Providing more pelican crossings, cycle lanes and residents' parking schemes.
▪ Additionally, there are occasional examples of cycle lanes being carried in streets against the flow of one-way traffic systems.
▪ Encouraging local councils, assisted by a special budget we have set aside, to introduce pedestrian priority areas and cycle lanes.
▪ This balance changes throughout the life cycle.
▪ Those who invented new products would produce those products during the initial, high-profitability, high-wage, Stages of their life cycle.
▪ The need is to consider the economic life cycle of each alternative in order to determine the optimal replacement.
▪ Chapters 9 and 10 include model criteria for specific age-groups throughout the life cycle.
▪ Ostertagia ostertagi O. ostertagi has a direct life cycle.
▪ Fourteen days is the length of the life cycle from egg to larva to pupa to adult.
Life cycles. Life cycles are adapted to low temperatures.
▪ Plant cover crops such as cereal rye to add organic matter and disrupt the life cycle of root knot nematodes.
▪ He opened the throttle, blasting the motor cycle broadside into the culvert.
▪ He spoke to a motor cycle messenger who had once been a roadie for King Crimson.
▪ He dropped the gangplank over the stern and wheeled the motor cycle down.
▪ Many top speedway riders will be pitting their skills in the National motor cycle grass track meeting.
▪ He scrubbed out the map with his boot before remounting the motor cycle.
▪ We already have a car, motor cycle and bicycle lined up, but we need some one for the bus and train.
▪ Some of their multi-cylinder motor cycle engines have pistons little bigger than thimbles.
▪ When we came to Préfleur I asked Jean-Claude if he would teach me to drive the motor cycle.
▪ I am familiar with many routes on minor roads in the region, as well as the cycle paths built by organisations like Sustrans.
▪ Another bit of cycle path has just been constructed at Barnton on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
▪ First, where dense cycle flows coincide with motorised through traffic, separate cycle paths have been constructed.
▪ Make cycling safer and create more cycle paths.
▪ A number of Farnham members rode in the Farnham to Winchester and back 53-mile reliability cycle ride.
▪ The sponsored cycle ride for Darnley Miners came and went.
▪ It may be just a gentle daily stroll or cycle ride or something much more strenuous.
▪ I still left Winston Street every morning for the long cycle ride through town and up the Banbury Road.
▪ A cycle ride, walk or swim at least three times a week will boost your circulation and help maintain a healthy bloom.
▪ Use of quieter, cleaner lorries and the development of cycle routes will be encouraged.
▪ The principal conclusion was that in urban areas single cycle routes do not have a clear large-scale effect.
▪ They also want to integrate access with public transport and cycle routes.
▪ In addition to using good teamwork, they demanded team performance against specific goals ranging from cycle time reduction to skit preparation.
▪ It now appears that radioactive heating would be less important than conductive heating from the core, allowing a faster cycle time.
▪ We also eliminated other steps and streamlined those that remained to cut cycle times radically.
▪ Class etal. have also concluded that the cycle time is short.
▪ Average cycle time design cycle ranges from around 22 to 30 weeks depending on the nature of the array.
▪ The intervals are predetermined by the elements of a motor task or more simply by the target cycle time of a task.
▪ A 12 mile cycle tour starting from Hawkhope to the Holt, returning via the pub at Falstone.
▪ Many of the cycle tracks are available for use jointly with pedestrians.
▪ Within Edinburgh three quarters of accidents happen at road junctions so take special care when travelling to or from this cycle track.
▪ Cyclists, this special cycle track will help you make your journey safer.
▪ Volunteers from Cheltenham Cycle Campaign are putting recycled tarmac on to a path cleared from brambles to make a cycle track.
▪ How can this aspect of the trade cycle be explained?
▪ The implication was that balance would be achieved over the trade cycle.
▪ The notion that spending and taxation would be balanced over some notional trade cycle was never realistic politics.
▪ The phases of a trade cycle.
▪ It explains the observed rises in the apc when income falls over the period of a trade cycle.
▪ If this is the case a two-day fast on fruit juice and water will break the cycle.
▪ Rosie was determined to break out of the cycle of poverty that had trapped so many migrant workers.
▪ Yet breaking the endless cycle of global poverty that powers these wars is achievable, Mr Annan says.
▪ Only by sharing parenting, she wrote, could we break the cycle.
▪ For many teachers a business secondment breaks their personal career cycle of school, university to school.
▪ Therapists also teach couples new ways of speaking and listening, to break the blame cycle.
▪ Whitelegg said that any less severe measures would fail to break the cycle of dependence on road transport and consequent congestion.
▪ Going into mid-1993, the company had yet to break this cycle.
▪ Haslam believes this experience taught him the need to recognise that many products follow a predictable life cycle.
▪ The year follows a cycle not unlike a Gardener's Calendar.
▪ C1 now discharges and repeats the cycle.
▪ Rather than just evolving in a gradual, uniform manner, the earth may actually be caught up in a repeating cycle.
▪ If any corrections or additions are needed, go back to step 1 and repeat the cycle.
▪ a song cycle about spring
▪ This washing machine has a 28-minute cycle.
▪ A fortunate grounding and optimistic cleansing which a cycle of this sort provides.
▪ Bicycling: Hire a cycle from the central sports shop which is open every day except Sunday.
▪ Blood vessels normally grow during the menstrual cycle, embryonic development and wound healing.
▪ Food symbolises many things in this film, but the recurring image is of a cycle of fleshly decay fuelled by appetite.
▪ For technical reasons spatial frequency is expressed in cycles per degree rather than cycles per centimetre.
▪ Fourteen days is the length of the life cycle from egg to larva to pupa to adult.
▪ The pun fits all sorts of natural and unnatural phenomena, from lunar cycles to a nostalgic yearning to see Elvis again.
▪ The dark red Seneca changed profile as the undercarriage cycled down.
▪ Each time, after three or four up-and-#down cycles, she begins to use her other hand.
▪ He cycled down the track to a junction a mile further on.
▪ He had to cycle home unwashed as no washing facilities were provided at work.
▪ This time a thirty-year-old schoolteacher cycling home to Hunstanton who had a puncture on a lonely stretch of road.
▪ He was run down as he cycled home from the shops.
▪ Now watch him cycle home in the rain.
▪ Gradually the haze and sweat cleared from their eyes and they focussed over the open valley they had cycled up from.
▪ Try cycling up and down like this for about an hour.
▪ They exchanged brief greetings but one day he was walking slowly past the end of Magdalen Street as she cycled up.
▪ She took up cycling as part of her rehabilitation.
▪ If you have any doubts on health grounds about taking up cycling, talk to your doctor and ask his advice.
▪ To the eight children who cycle up and down the central corridor, the lifestyle has a definite appeal.
▪ As each culture neared the end of its organic life cycle the creative stage was finished and the atrophying civilization stage began.
▪ In its life cycle the parasite exists in two forms or stages: cysts and trophozoites.
▪ He left the family car in the garage and cycled 12 miles to a supermarket to save 50p on groceries.
▪ For nine years she was a postwoman in Berkshire and used to cycle 18 miles a day.
▪ Despite owning a D-reg Montego, he cycled 12 miles to a supermarket in nearby Carterton to save 50p on family groceries.
▪ But how do you get them to live within walking, cycling or tram-ride distance of work?
▪ I will walk, cycle or use public transport whenever possible.
▪ She's had to walk and cycle to work.
Cycling isn't only good for the environment - it's a great form of exercise too.
▪ I run, cycle, or walk at least three times a week.
▪ I usually cycle through the park to get to school.
▪ It took about 20 minutes for her to cycle the 5 miles to her home.
▪ Brenda cycled along the lane towards Stowbridge that morning to meet Daddy in his new van.
▪ No matter how good things are, we cycle into difficult times.
▪ The parents who buy these bikes should take their offspring to the park to cycle.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

cycle \cy"cle\ (s?"k'l), v. t. To cause to pass through a cycle[2].

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Late Latin cyclus, from Greek kyklos "circle, wheel, any circular body, circular motion, cycle of events," from PIE kw(e)-kwl-o-, suffixed, reduplicated form of root *kwel- (1), also *kwele-, "to roll, to move around, wheel" (cognates: Sanskrit cakram "circle, wheel," carati "he moves, wanders;" Avestan caraiti "applies himself," c'axra "chariot, wagon;" Greek polos "a round axis" (PIE *kw- becomes Greek p- before some vowels), polein "move around;" Latin colere "to frequent, dwell in, to cultivate, move around," cultus "tended, cultivated," hence also "polished," colonus "husbandman, tenant farmer, settler, colonist;" Lithuanian kelias "a road, a way;" Old Norse hvel, Old English hweol "wheel;" Old Church Slavonic kolo, Old Russian kolo, Polish koło, Russian koleso "a wheel").


1842, "revolve in cycles," from cycle (n.). Meaning "to ride a bicycle" is from 1883. Related: Cycled; cycling.


n. 1 An interval of space or time in which one set of events or phenomena is completed. 2 A complete rotation of anything. 3 A process that returns to its beginning and then repeats itself in the same sequence. vb. 1 To ride a bicycle or other #Noun. 2 To go through a cycle or to put through a cycle. 3 (context electronics English) To turn power off and back on 4 (context ice hockey English) To maintain a team's possession of the puck in the offensive zone by handling and passing the puck in a loop from the boards near the goal up the side boards and passing to back to the boards near the goal

  1. n. an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs; "the neverending cycle of the seasons" [syn: rhythm, round]

  2. a series of poems or songs on the same theme; "schubert's song cycles"

  3. a periodically repeated sequence of events; "a cycle of reprisal and retaliation"

  4. the unit of frequency; one Hertz has a periodic interval of one second [syn: Hertz, Hz, cycle per second, cycles/second, cps]

  5. a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon; "a year constitutes a cycle of the seasons" [syn: oscillation]

  6. a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals [syn: bicycle, bike, wheel]

  1. v. cause to go through a recurring sequence; "cycle thge laundry in this washing program"

  2. pass through a cycle; "This machine automatically cycles"

  3. ride a motorcycle [syn: motorcycle]

  4. ride a bicycle [syn: bicycle, bike, pedal, wheel]

  5. recur in repeating sequences

Cycle (graph theory)

In graph theory, there are several different types of objects called cycles, principally a closed walk and a simple cycle; also, e.g., an element of the cycle space of the graph.


Cycle or cyclic may refer to:

  • Bicycle
  • Motorcycle
Cycle (music)

Cycle has several meanings in the field of music. Acoustically, it refers to one complete vibration, the base unit of Hertz being one cycle per second. Theoretically, an interval cycle is a collection of pitch classes created by a sequence of identical intervals. Individual pieces that aggregate into larger works are considered cycles, for example, the movements of a suite, symphony, sonata, or string quartet. This definition can apply to everything from settings of the Mass or a song cycle to an opera cycle. Cycle also applies to the complete performance of an individual composer's work in one genre.

Harmonic cycles—repeated sequences of a harmonic progression—are at the root of many musical genres, such as the twelve-bar blues. In compositions of this genre, the chord progression may be repeated indefinitely, with melodic and lyrical variation forming the musical interest. The form theme and variations is essentially of this type, but generally on a larger scale.

Composition using a tone row is another example of a cycle of pitch material, although it may be more difficult to hear because the variations are more diverse.

Cycle (graph)
Cycle (album)

Cycle is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow. It features recordings of Masami Akita's pet chickens. Material from this album was performed live at Radio Nova in Oslo, which was released as Mini Cycle / Yoshino Tamago / Yonos Bigfoot.

Cycle (film)

Cycle is a 2008 Indian Malayalam film directed by Johny Antony and written by James Albert, starring Vineeth Sreenivasan, Vinu Mohan, Sandhya, Bhama, and Jagathy Sreekumar. The tale is about two friends, Roy (Vineeth Sreenivasan) and Sanju (Vinu Mohan), struggling to make both ends meet with their low salaries, working respectively as a cashier in a private finance company and as a salesman in an electronics goods shop. It was a box office success.

Cycle (magazine)

Cycle Magazine was an American motorcycling enthusiast magazine, published from the early 1950s through the early 1990s. During its heyday, in the 1970s and 1980s, it had a circulation of more than 500,000 and was headquartered in Westlake Village, California, near the canyon roads of the Santa Monica Mountains, where Cycle's editors frequently road tested and photographed test bikes.

Cycle (Paul Horn album)

Cycle is an album by Paul Horn which was originally released on the RCA Victor label in 1965.

Cycle (gene)

Cycle (cyc) is a gene in Drosophila melanogaster that encodes the CYCLE protein. The Cycle gene is expressed in a variety of cell types in a circadian manner. It is involved in controlling both the sleep-wake cycle and circadian regulation of gene expression by promoting transcription in a negative feedback mechanism. The cyc gene is located on the left arm of chromosome 3 and codes for a transcription factor containing a basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) domain and a PAS domain. The cyc gene is 2.17 kb in size, made up of 5 coding exons totaling 1,625 base pairs coding for 413 aminos acid residues, and there are currently 19 known alleles.|accessdate=10 April 2013 Orthologs performing the same function in other species include ARNTL and BMAL1.

Usage examples of "cycle".

Abuse victims, we often read, continue the cycle by becoming abusers themselves.

He and his agemates had hunted in the sea for tasty mirrat, small finned swimmers which only migrated through the area at that time of the orbital cycle.

To give Alake her due, she probably would have starved to death before getting through one of the elven dinners, which could sometimes stretch into cycles, with several hours between courses.

Finished with cycling the air-lock combination, Councillor Albedo tapped at the invisible key in his palm once again.

After a dozen cycles there were billions of allas, one for every person and moldie on Earth -- and that was enough.

The females of the ancipital species have a one-day flow of menses from the uterus as a prelude to the oestral cycle, when they go into rut.

Cave-maker, Wu thought, hearing the same sound, thinking the stream might be traveling upward, carving out an embryonic cave, a living structure with a cycle that ends in death, wondering how much trouble it would be to order a rubber dinghy, neoprene wet suit, aqualung and waterproof spotlight, dismissing the idea on the grounds he would not be here long enough to see it through.

They were individually more powerful than any past Manticoran battlecruiser had ever mounted, with fourteen emitters per cluster, each capable of cycling at one shot every sixteen seconds.

Over the summer cycles that I lived with the Barringswoods, we all watched Beel grow and become quite muscular.

Event lasteth among men the space of one cycle of years, and after that a fresh Illusion springeth to befool mankind, and the Seven must expend the concluding half-cycle in preparing the edge of the Sword for a new mastery.

He would realize all at once that three, seven, thirteen years, in one cycle of separation, and then four, eight, sixteen, in yet another, had elapsed since he had last embraced, held, bewept Ada.

The scene is set for a rumble and what better place for a biker fight than a flea-market swap meet for motorcycle parts sponsored by the British Motor Cycling Club.

The next time his bipolar disease cycled into mania could be next week, or next year.

This is so true, that when Cesare Beccaria opened the great historic cycle of the classic school of criminology, he was assaulted by the critics of his time with the same indictments which were brought against us a century later.

As in cryptogams, the ferns of Earth, two forms are alternating mature phases of a complex life cycle.