In graph theory, two types of object are commonly called cycles. One type of cycle, more commonly called a closed walk, consists of a sequence of vertices starting and ending at the same vertex, with each two consecutive vertices in the sequence adjacent to each other in the graph. The other type of cycle, sometimes called a simple cycle, circuit, circle, or polygon, is a closed walk with no repetitions of vertices or edges allowed, other than the repetition of the starting and ending vertex. Simple cycles may also be described by their sets of edges, unlike ...

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  1. An interval of space or time in which one set of events or phenomena is completed.
    the cycle of the seasons, or of the year
  2. A complete rotation of anything.
  3. A process that returns to its beginning and then repeats itself in the same sequence.
  4. The members of the sequence formed by such a process.
  5. In musical set theory, an interval cycle is the set of pitch classes resulting from repeatedly applying the same interval class to the starting pitch class.
  6. A series of poems, songs or other works of art.
  7. A programme on a washing machine, dishwasher, or other such device.
    the spin cycle
  8. A pedal-powered vehicle, such as a unicycle, bicycle, or tricycle; or, motorized vehicle that has either two or three wheels, such as a motorbike, motorcycle, motorized tricycle, or motortrike.
  9. A single, a double, a triple, and a home run hit by the same player in the same game.
  10. A closed walk or path, with or without repeated vertices allowed.
  11. An imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens; one of the celestial spheres.
  12. An age; a long period of time.
  13. An orderly list for a given time; a calendar.
  14. One entire round in a circle or a spire.
    a cycle or set of leaves


  1. To ride a bicycle or other cycle.
  2. To go through a cycle or to put through a cycle.
  3. To turn power off and back on
    Avoid cycling the device unnecessarily.
  4. To maintain a team's possession of the puck in the offensive zone by handling and passing the puck in a loop from the boards near the goal up the side boards and passing to back to the boards near the goal
    They have their cycling game going tonight.

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