Meaning of “hurricane” in the English Dictionary

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"hurricane" in British English

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hurricanenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhʌr.ɪ.kən/ /ˈhʌr.ɪ.keɪn/ us /ˈhɝː.ɪ.keɪn/ /ˈhɝː.ɪ.kən/

a violent wind that has a circular movement, especially in the West Atlantic Ocean:

The state of Florida was hit by a hurricane that did serious damage.
Hurricane force (= very strong) winds are expected tonight.

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  • The roof of their house caved in during a hurricane.
  • The hurricane is predicted to reach the coast tomorrow morning.
  • Violent squalls signalled the approach of the hurricane.
  • People living in the track of the hurricane have been advised to leave their homes until it has passed.
  • Much of the region's verdant countryside has been destroyed in the hurricane.

(Definition of “hurricane” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hurricane" in American English

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hurricanenoun [ C ]

us /ˈhɜr·əˌkeɪn, ˈhʌr·ə-/

earth science a violent storm with strong circular winds of at least 72 miles (or 118 kilometers) per hour, esp. in the western Atlantic Ocean

(Definition of “hurricane” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)