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Definitions of revolution

  1. a single complete turn (axial or orbital); "the plane made three rotations before it crashed"; "the revolution of the earth about the sun takes one year" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving; "the industrial revolution was also a cultural revolution" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of revolving, or turning round on an axis or a center; the motion of a body round a fixed point or line; rotation; as, the revolution of a wheel, of a top, of the earth on its axis, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Return to a point before occupied, or to a point relatively the same; a rolling back; return; as, revolution in an ellipse or spiral. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The space measured by the regular return of a revolving body; the period made by the regular recurrence of a measure of time, or by a succession of similar events. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The motion of any body, as a planet or satellite, in a curved line or orbit, until it returns to the same point again, or to a point relatively the same; -- designated as the annual, anomalistic, nodical, sidereal, or tropical revolution, according as the point of return or completion has a fixed relation to the year, the anomaly, the nodes, the stars, or the tropics; as, the revolution of the earth about the sun; the revolution of the moon about the earth. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The motion of a point, line, or surface about a point or line as its center or axis, in such a manner that a moving point generates a curve, a moving line a surface (called a surface of revolution), and a moving surface a solid (called a solid of revolution); as, the revolution of a right-angled triangle about one of its sides generates a cone; the revolution of a semicircle about the diameter generates a sphere. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A total or radical change; as, a revolution in one's circumstances or way of living. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A fundamental change in political organization, or in a government or constitution; the overthrow or renunciation of one government, and the substitution of another, by the governed. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The motion of a body, especially a heavenly body, in a closed curve around a fixed point, or the complete turn of the body made in such a course; as, the revolution of the earth in its orbit; the motion of a body in spinning on an axis; as, the revolution of a wheel; circuit; a decided and sudden change; as, a revolution in ideas or character; the overthrow of one form of government and the setting up of another, by the people. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Motion round a centre; rotation; entire change in government; revolt. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. The act of revolving; motion around a center. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A radical change as of government. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Rotation; circular motion of a body on its axis; the motion of a body round a centre; motion returning to the same point or state; continued course, marked regular return; space marked by some revolution; change, specially in the constitution of a government. The Revolution, that which issued on the expulsion of the Stuarts from the throne of England. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. The motion of a body round any fixed point or centre; motion or course of anything which brings it back to the same state or point; change or alteration of system; a change in the constitution of a country; in Eng. hist. that change which placed William and Mary on the throne, A.D. 1688; That of the U. States, beginning 1775; that of France, the first or great Revolution, 1789. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for revolution

  1. Certainly this, however, caused a revolution – Dawn of All by Robert Hugh Benson
  2. Thus having settled their own little revolution they were now ready to take part in the great one. – This Country Of Ours by H. E. Marshall Author: Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
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