Dictionary:Cycle

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1. The interval or distance before a function or series repeats itself. Where the variable is time, a cycle is one period; where the variable is distance, a cycle is one wavelength. See Figure W-2. 2. A period of time during which sea level falls from a highstand position through a lowstand and returns to a highstand (Van Wagoner, 1995). 3. Milankovitch cycles (q.v.).