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Cycle or cyclic may refer to:

Anthropology and social sciences[edit]

  • Social cycle, various cycles in social sciences
    • Business cycle, the downward and upward movement of gross domestic product (GDP) around its ostensible, long-term growth trend
  • Cyclic history, a theory of history
  • Cyclical theory, a theory of American political history associated with Arthur Schlesinger, Sr.

Arts and media[edit]




  • Cycle (music), a set of musical pieces that belong together
    • Song cycle, individually complete songs designed to be performed in a sequence as a unit
    • Interval cycle, a collection of pitch classes generated from a sequence the same interval class
    • Cyclic form, a technique of construction involving multiple sections or movements


Science, technology, and mathematics[edit]


  • Cycle (gene), a gene in Drosophila melanogaster that encodes the CYCLE protein
  • Cyclic flower, in botany, one way in which flower parts may be arranged



  • Instruction cycle, the time period during which a computer processes a machine language instruction
  • Reference cycle, where a software object refers directly or indirectly to itself
  • Cycles, a render engine for the software Blender

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