cycle - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 2
    a series of events that happen again and again in the same order or at the same times
    cycle of:

    the cycle of hate and violence in the world

  2. 3
    a set of things that a machine does as part of a process

    the washing machine’s rinse cycle

  3. 4
    literature, music a set of poems, songs, or pieces of music on a particular subject