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  • n  an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs
    the never-ending cycle of the seasons
  • n  a series of poems or songs on the same theme
    Schubert's song cycles
  • n  a periodically repeated sequence of events
    a cycle of reprisal and retaliation
  • n  the unit of frequency; one hertz has a periodic interval of one second
  • n  a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon
    a year constitutes a cycle of the seasons
  • n  a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals
  • v  cause to go through a recurring sequence
    cycle the laundry in this washing program
  • v  pass through a cycle
    This machine automatically cycles
  • v  ride a motorcycle
  • v  ride a bicycle
  • v  recur in repeating sequences

  • In the past decade, the number of multiple births resulting from IVF cycles has declined even as the number of IVF cycles has increased.
  • So ingrained is this habit that a daily temperature cycle occurs, body heat being lowest (among people who normally sleep at night) in the early morning, highest in the early .
  • One cycle would take about 52,000,000 years, but there would be enough cycles going on all the time to keep the sun hot.
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  • President Bush in
    To step back now would force a collapse of the Iraqi government,Mr Bush said in the prepared remarks, adding that that would ensnare US forces. "If we increase our support at this crucial moment, and help the Iraqis break the current cycle...
  • Alan Greenspan in Wall Street Journal
    Fat corporate-profit margins seem likely to shrink, a development Mr. Greenspan described as "an early sign that we are in the later stages of a cycle."
  • Barack Obama in Xinhua
    The cycle of suspicion and discord must end,Obama said, referring to the US-Islam mistrust during the past eight years caused by his predecessor George Bush's anti-terrorism campaign that raised hostility in the Muslim world.

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