1) see pruning cycle. 2) see cycles to failure.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
cycle (noun)
an interval of time during which a sequence of a recurring succession of events or phenomena is completed - a 4-year cycle of growth and development
a) a course or series of events or operations that recur regularly and usually lead back to the starting point
b) one complete performance of a vibration, electric oscillation, current alternation, or other periodic process
c) a permutation of a set of ordered elements in which each element takes the place of the next and the last becomes first
d) a takeoff and landing of an airplane
a circular or spiral arrangement as
a) an imaginary circle or orbit in the heavens
b) - ring
a long period of time - age
a) a group of creative works (as poems, plays, or songs) treating the same theme
b) a series of narratives dealing typically with the exploits of a legendary hero
a) - bicycle
b) - tricycle
c) - motorcycle
the series of a single, double, triple, and home run hit in any order by one player during one baseball game
cycle (verb)
intransitive verb
a) to pass through a cycle
b) to recur in - cycles
transitive verb
to ride a cycle , specifically - bicycle to cause to go through a cycle
cycle (Wikipedia)

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