Cyclone and Tornado

Cyclone

In meteorology, a cyclone is an area of closed, circular fluid motion rotating in the same direction as the Earth.

cyclone n 1: (meteorology) rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low-pressure center; circling counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern [ant: {anticyclone}] 2: a violent rotating windstorm

65 Moby Thesaurus words for "cyclone": air mass, anticyclone, baguio, blaze, burst, cold front, cold sector, convulsion, dirty weather, dust devil, eruption, explosion, fit, flare-up, foul weather, front, gale, gust, high, high-pressure area, hurricane, irruption, isobar, isometric, isometric line, isopiestic line, isotherm, isothermal line, line squall, low, low-pressure area, occluded front, outbreak, outburst, paroxysm, polar front, rainspout, rainstorm, rotary storm, rough weather, sand column, sandspout, seizure, snowstorm, spasm, squall, squall line, stationary front, storm, stormy weather, tempest, tempestuous rage, thunderstorm, tornado, twister, typhoon, upheaval, warm front, waterspout, weather map, whirlblast, whirlwind, wind eddy, wind-shift line, windstorm

Cyclone \Cy"clone\ (s?"kl?n), n. [Gr.????? moving in a circle, p. pr. of ?????, fr. ky`klos circle.] 1. (Meteor.) A violent storm, often of vast extent, characterized by high winds rotating about a calm center of low atmospheric pressure. This center moves onward, often with a velocity of twenty or thirty miles an hour. [1913 Webster] Note: The atmospheric disturbance usually accompanying a cyclone, marked by an onward moving area of high pressure, is called an anticyclone. [1913 Webster] 2. (Meteor.) In general, a condition of the atmosphere characterized by a central area of pressure much lower than that of surrounding areas, and a system of winds blowing inward and around (clockwise in the southern hemisphere and counter-clockwise in the northern); -- called also a {low-area storm}. It is attended by high temperature, moist air, abundant precipitation, and clouded sky. The term includes the hurricane, typhoon, and tropical storms; it should not be applied to the moderate disturbances attending ordinary areas of low pressure nor to tornadoes, waterspouts, or ``twisters,'' in which the vertical motion is more important than the horizontal. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 3. A tornado. See above, and {Tornado}. [Middle U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Cyclone, WV Zip code(s): 24827

Tornado

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud.

tornado n 1: a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground [syn: {twister}] 2: a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted [syn: {crack}] [also: {tornadoes} (pl)]

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "tornado": baguio, blaze, burst, convulsion, cyclone, dirty weather, dust devil, eruption, explosion, fit, flare-up, foul weather, gale, gust, hurricane, irruption, line squall, outbreak, outburst, paroxysm, rainspout, rainstorm, rotary storm, rough weather, sand column, sandspout, seizure, snowstorm, spasm, squall, storm, stormy weather, tempest, tempestuous rage, thunderstorm, twister, typhoon, upheaval, waterspout, whirlblast, whirlwind, wind eddy, windstorm

Tornado \Tor*na"do\, n.; pl. {Tornadoes}. [From Sp. or Pg. tornar to turn, return, L. tornare to turn, hence, a whirling wind. The Sp. & Pg. tornada is a return. See {Turn}.] A violent whirling wind; specifically (Meteorol.), a tempest distinguished by a rapid whirling and slow progressive motion, usually accompaned with severe thunder, lightning, and torrents of rain, and commonly of short duration and small breadth; a small cyclone. [1913 Webster]

Tornado, WV (CDP, FIPS 80764) Location: 38.33285 N, 81.85568 W Population (1990): 1006 (355 housing units) Area: 9.3 sq km (land), 0.2 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 25202

Tornado The {software development environment} previously distributed with {VxWorks}. (1996-11-29)

Data Sources:

  • cyclone: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • cyclone: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • cyclone: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • cyclone: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • tornado: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • tornado: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • tornado: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • tornado: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • tornado: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)

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