As adjectives the difference between abelian and cyclic
is that abelian
is (mathematics|dated) (abelian
) while cyclic
is characterized by, or moving in cycles, or happening at regular intervals.
As a noun abelian
is (roman catholicism|historical) a member of a sect in fourth-century africa mentioned by st augustine, who states that they married but lived in continence after the manner, as they claimed, of abel.
(mathematics) Having a commutative defining operation.
Characterized by, or moving in cycles, or happening at regular intervals
(chemistry) Of a compound having chains of atoms arranged in a ring
- The weather had a cyclic pattern of rain and sun.
(botany) Having parts arranged in a whorl
(mathematics, of a group) being generated by only one element
(geometry, of a polygon) able to be inscribed in a circle
- Benzene and cyclohexane are both cyclic compounds.
* cyclic chorus
* cyclic poet