5. The circle of subjects connected with the exploits of the hero or heroes of some particular period
which have served as a popular theme for poetry, as the legend of Arthur and the knights of the Round
Table, and that of Charlemagne and his paladins.
6. (Bot.) One entire round in a circle or a spire; as, a cycle or set of leaves. Gray.
7. A bicycle or tricycle, or other light velocipede.
Calippic cycle, a period of 76 years, or four Metonic cycles; so called from Calippus, who proposed
it as an improvement on the Metonic cycle. Cycle of eclipses, a period of about 6,586 days, the
time of revolution of the moon's node; called Saros by the Chaldeans. Cycle of indiction, a
period of 15 years, employed in Roman and ecclesiastical chronology, not founded on any astronomical
period, but having reference to certain judicial acts which took place at stated epochs under the Greek
emperors. Cycle of the moon, or Metonic cycle, a period of 19 years, after the lapse of which
the new and full moon returns to the same day of the year; so called from Meton, who first proposed
it. Cycle of the sun, Solar cycle, a period of 28 years, at the end of which time the days of the
month return to the same days of the week. The dominical or Sunday letter follows the same order; hence
the solar cycle is also called the cycle of the Sunday letter. In the Gregorian calendar the solar cycle
is in general interrupted at the end of the century.
(Cy"cle) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cycled. (-k'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Cycling ]
1. To pass through a cycle of changes; to recur in cycles. Tennyson. Darwin.
2. To ride a bicycle, tricycle, or other form of cycle.
Cyclic chorus, the chorus which performed the songs and dances of the dithyrambic odes at Athens,
dancing round the altar of Bacchus in a circle. Cyclic poets, certain epic poets who followed Homer,
and wrote merely on the Trojan war and its heroes; so called because keeping within the circle of a
single subject. Also, any series or coterie of poets writing on one subject. Milman.
(Cyc"lic Cyc"lic*al) a. [Cf. F. cycluque, Gr. kykliko`s, fr. ky`klos See Cycle.] Of or pertaining
to a cycle or circle; moving in cycles; as, cyclical time. Coleridge.
(Cy"clide) n. [Gr. ky`klos circle.] (Geom.) A surface of the fourth degree, having certain special
relations to spherical surfaces. The tore or anchor ring is one of the cyclides.
(Cy"cling) n. The act, art, or practice, of riding a cycle, esp. a bicycle or tricycle.
(Cy"clist) n. A cycler.
(Cy"clo-) [Gr. ky`klos circle, wheel.] A combining form meaning circular, of a circle or wheel.
(Cy`clo*bran"chi*ate) a. [Cyclo- + branchiate.] (Zoöl) Having the gills around the margin
of the body, as certain limpets.
(Cy`clo*ga"noid) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Cycloganoidei.
(Cy`clo*ga"noid), n. (Zoöl.) One of the Cycloganoidei.
(||Cy`clo*ga*noi"de*i) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ky`klos circle + NL. ganoidei. See Ganoid.]
(Zoöl.) An order of ganoid fishes, having cycloid scales. The bowfin (Amia calva) is a living example.
(Cy"clo*graph) n. [Cyclo- + -graph.] See Arcograph.
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