Cyclic vs. Acyclic - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    Characterized by, or moving in cycles, or happening at regular intervals.

    "The weather had a cyclic pattern of rain and sun."

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    Having chains of atoms arranged in a ring.

    "Benzene and cyclohexane are both cyclic compounds."

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    Having parts arranged in a whorl.

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    Being generated by only one element.

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    Able to be inscribed in a circle.

  • Acyclic (adjective)

    Not cyclic; having an open chain structure.

  • Acyclic (adjective)

    Containing no cycles.

  • Acyclic (adjective)

    Of a flower, having its parts inserted spirally on the receptacle.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    occurring in cycles; regularly repeated

    "the cyclic pattern of the last two decades"

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    denoting a musical or literary composition with a recurrent theme or structural device.

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    (of a group) having the property that each element of the group can be expressed as a power of one particular element.

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    relating to a circle or other closed curve.

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    (of a polygon) having all its vertices lying on a circle.

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    (of a compound) having a molecular structure containing one or more closed rings of atoms

    "a cyclic sulphonium salt"

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    (of a flower) having its parts arranged in whorls.

  • Acyclic (adjective)

    not displaying or forming part of a cycle.

  • Acyclic (adjective)

    (of a woman) not having a menstrual cycle

    "donor age showed no influence on chance of pregnancy in acyclic patients"

  • Acyclic (adjective)

    (of a compound or molecule) containing no rings of atoms

    "simple acyclic alkenes"

Webster Dictionary

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a cycle or circle; moving in cycles; as, cyclical time.

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    Having atoms bonded to form a ring structure. Opposite of acyclic.

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    Recurring in cycles{2}; having a pattern that repeats at approximately equal intervals; periodic. Opposite of noncyclic.

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    Marked by repeated cycles{2}.

  • Acyclic (adjective)

    Not cyclic; not disposed in cycles or whorls

Princeton's WordNet

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    conforming to the Carnot cycle

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    botany; forming a whorl or having parts arranged in a whorl;

    "cyclic petals"

    "cyclic flowers"

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    of a compound having atoms arranged in a ring structure

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    recurring in cycles

  • Cyclic (adjective)

    marked by repeated cycles

  • Acyclic (adjective)

    botany; not cyclic; especially having parts arranged in spirals rather than whorls

  • Acyclic (adjective)

    chemistry; not cyclic; having an open chain structure

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