Cycle vs Episode - What's the difference?

cycle | episode |

As nouns the difference between cycle and episode

is that cycle is an interval of space or time in which one set of events or phenomena is completed while episode is episode (all meanings).

As a verb cycle

is to ride a bicycle or other.



(wikipedia cycle)


(en noun)
  • 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
  • * Burke
  • Wages to the medium of provision during the last bad cycle of twenty years.
  • A complete rotation of anything.
  • A process that returns to its beginning and then repeats itself in the same sequence.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Legal highs: A new prescription , passage=No sooner has a [synthetic] drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one. These “legal highs” are sold for the few months it takes the authorities to identify and ban them, and then the cycle begins again.}}
  • The members of the sequence formed by such a process.
  • (music) 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.
  • A series of poems, songs or other works of art.
  • A programme on a washing machine, dishwasher, or other such device.
  • the spin cycle
  • 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.
  • (baseball) A single, a double, a triple, and a home run hit by the same player in the same game.
  • (graph theory) A closed walk or path, with or without repeated vertices allowed.
  • An imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens; one of the celestial spheres.
  • (Milton)
  • An age; a long period of time.
  • * Tennyson
  • Better fifty years of Europe than a cycle of Cathay.
  • An orderly list for a given time; a calendar.
  • * Evelyn
  • We present our gardeners with a complete cycle of what is requisite to be done throughout every month of the year.
  • (botany) One entire round in a circle or a spire.
  • a cycle or set of leaves

    Usage notes

    * (aviation sense) One take-off and landing of an aircraft is a (term), referring to a (term) which places stresses on the fuselage. * (baseball sense) As in the example sentence, one is usually said to (term). However, other uses also occur, such as (term) and (term).

    Derived terms

    * cycle path * cyclic * acyclic


  • To ride a bicycle or other .
  • To go through a cycle or to put through a cycle.
  • (electronics) To turn power off and back on
  • Avoid cycling the device unnecessarily.
  • (ice hockey) 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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    (en noun)
  • An incident or action standing out by itself, but more or less connected with a complete series of events.
  • :
  • * {{quote-book, year=1935, author=
  • , chapter=10/6, title= The Norwich Victims , passage=The Attorney-General, however, had used this episode , which Martin in retrospect had felt to be a blot on the scutcheon, merely to emphasise the intelligence and resource of the prisoner.}}
  • An installment of a drama told in parts, as in a TV series.
  • :
  • *{{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 20, author=Nathan Rabin
  • , title= TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Marge Gets A Job” (season 4, episode 7; originally aired 11/05/1992) , work=The Onion AV Club , passage=We all know how genius “Kamp Krusty,” “A Streetcar Named Marge,” “Homer The Heretic,” “Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie” and “Mr. Plow” are, but even the relatively unheralded episodes offer wall-to-wall laughs and some of the smartest, darkest, and weirdest gags ever Trojan-horsed into a network cartoon with a massive family audience.}}

    Derived terms

    * episodic * episodical