cyclic

The adjective cyclic describes something that happens so regularly, you can predict it, like the cyclic trips to buy notebooks and sneakers when preparing for a new school year.

Accent the first syllable in cyclic: "SICK-lick." Something that is cyclic follows a cycle, a sequence in which things begin and end in a predictable rhythm. Cycle comes from the Greek word kyklos, meaning "circle, wheel, any circular body, circular motion, cycle of events." So something that is cyclic shares that same pattern.

Definitions of cyclic
  1. adjective
    marked by repeated cycles
    Synonyms:
    periodic, periodical
    happening or recurring at regular intervals
  2. adjective
    recurring in cycles
    synonyms: cyclical
    alternate, alternating
    occurring by turns; first one and then the other
    alternate
    every second one of a series
    circular, orbitual, rotary
    describing a circle; moving in a circle
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    Antonyms:
    noncyclic, noncyclical
    not cyclic
  3. adjective
    conforming to the Carnot cycle
  4. adjective
    forming a whorl or having parts arranged in a whorl
    cyclic petals”
    cyclic flowers”
    Synonyms:
    verticillate, verticillated, whorled
    forming one or more whorls (especially a whorl of leaves around a stem)
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    Antonyms:
    acyclic
    not cyclic; especially having parts arranged in spirals rather than whorls
  5. adjective
    of a compound having atoms arranged in a ring structure
    Synonyms:
    bicyclic
    having molecules consisting of two fused rings
    closed-chain, closed-ring
    having atoms linked by bonds represented in circular or triangular form
    heterocyclic
    containing a closed ring of atoms of which at least one is not a carbon atom
    homocyclic, isocyclic
    containing a closed ring of atoms of the same kind especially carbon atoms
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    Antonyms:
    acyclic, open-chain
    having an open chain structure
    aliphatic
    having carbon atoms linked in open chains
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