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A full orbital period.

Business Cycle

The continuous expansion and contraction of economic growth in fairly regular intervals. That is, a business cycle involves GDP growth and the creation of wealth for a period of time, followed by overheating and a recession. When the recession reaches its bottom the business cycle starts again. Some economists believe that the length and strength of business cycles are easily predictable, while others dispute this. A business cycle is seen as an inevitable part of the capitalist system. It is informally called a boom-and-bust cycle. See also: Industry Life Cycle, Kondratiev Wave.


References in classic literature ?
Generalizing what occurs in the case of hunger, we may say that what we call a desire in an animal is always displayed in a cycle of actions having certain fairly well marked characteristics.
An animal is said to "desire" the purpose of a behaviour cycle while the behaviour-cycle is in progress.
The diadem in the center of the circlet of gold upon the brow of Lakor proclaimed him a Holy Thern, while his companion, not thus adorned, was a lesser thern, though from his harness I gleaned that he had reached the Ninth Cycle, which is but one below that of the Holy Therns.
The horse and trap were to have come this week, but for some reason they were not delivered, and again I had to cycle to the station.
Rather might I have experienced a cosmic cycle, with all its changes and evolutions for that which I have seen with my own eyes in this brief interval of time--things that no other mortal eye had seen before, glimpses of a world past, a world dead, a world so long dead that even in the lowest Cambrian stratum no trace of it remains.
And so Tarzan of the Apes dropped lightly to the turf into the midst of the fierce and hideous horde--he had completed the cycle of evolution, and had returned to be once again a brute among brutes.
Only a few hours--true; yet such hours were worth a cycle of common years untouched by the glory and the dream.
The pre-Trojan poems of the Cycle may be noticed first.
The moon, in fact, regulates the cycle of her years and her fast of Ramadan.
The Metrical Romances, including the Arthurian Cycle.
Mortal souls, behold a new cycle of life and mortality.
A cycle map of the county lay on his bedroom table.