There are 2 main definitions of hurricane in English:


Line breaks: hur¦ri|cane
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌrɪk(ə)n
, -keɪn/


1A storm with a violent wind, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean.
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  • In fact, tropical storms or hurricanes have ended many droughts in Texas, and other parts of the world.
  • Severe tropical cyclones correspond to the hurricanes or typhoons of other parts of the world.
  • First, wind and water erode it, especially during tropical storms and hurricanes.
North American informal twister
Australian/New Zealand informal willy-willy
1.1A wind of force 12 on the Beaufort scale (equal to or exceeding 64 knots or 118 km/h).


mid 16th century: from Spanish huracán, probably from Taino hurakán 'god of the storm'.

Definition of hurricane in:

There are 2 main definitions of hurricane in English:


Line breaks: Hur¦ri|cane
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌrɪk(ə)n
, -keɪn/
A single-seat, single-engined British fighter aircraft of the Second World War, produced by the Hawker company and remembered in particular for its role in the Battle of Britain along with the Spitfire.