Definitions for revolutionˌrɛv əˈlu ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rev•o•lu•tionˌrɛv əˈlu ʃən(n.)

  1. a complete and forcible overthrow and replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed.

    Category: Government

  2. a sudden, complete, or radical change in something:

    a revolution in church architecture; a social revolution caused by automation.

    Category: Sociology

  3. a procedure or course, as if in a circuit, back to a starting point. a single turn of this kind.

  4. a turning round or rotating, as on an axis. a moving in a circular or curving course, as about a central point. a single cycle in such a course.

    Category: Mechanics

  5. the orbiting of one heavenly body around another. (not in technical use) the rotation of a heavenly body on its axis. a single course of such movement.

    Category: Astronomy

  6. a cycle of events in time or in a recurring period of time.

Origin of revolution:

1350–1400; ME revolucion < LL revolūtiō= L revolū-, var. s. of revolvere to roll back (see revolve ) +-tiō -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. revolution(noun)

    a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving

    "the industrial revolution was also a cultural revolution"

  2. revolution(noun)

    the overthrow of a government by those who are governed

  3. rotation, revolution, gyration(noun)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. revolution(noun)ˌrɛv əˈlu ʃən

    when people fight against a government to get rid of it

    the French revolution

  2. revolutionˌrɛv əˈlu ʃən

    an extreme change in the way sth is done

    The Internet has brought about a revolution in knowledge sharing.

  3. revolutionˌrɛv əˈlu ʃən

    the movement of sth around a central point

    an engine turning at 3000 revolutions per minute

Wiktionary

  1. revolution(Noun)

    A political upheaval in a government or nation state characterized by great change.

  2. revolution(Noun)

    The removal and replacement of a government.

  3. revolution(Noun)

    Rotation: the turning of an object around an axis.

  4. revolution(Noun)

    A rotation: one complete turn of an object during rotation.

  5. revolution(Noun)

    In the case of celestial bodies - the traversal of one body through an orbit around another body.

  6. revolution(Noun)

    A sudden, vast change in a situation, a discipline, or the way of thinking and behaving.

  7. Origin: From reuolucion, from revolution, from revolutionem, accusative singular of revolutio, from revolvo; see revolve.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Revolution(noun)

    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

  2. Revolution(noun)

    return to a point before occupied, or to a point relatively the same; a rolling back; return; as, revolution in an ellipse or spiral

  3. Revolution(noun)

    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

  4. Revolution(noun)

    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

  5. Revolution(noun)

    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

  6. Revolution(noun)

    a total or radical change; as, a revolution in one's circumstances or way of living

  7. Revolution(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Revolution

    A revolution is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time. Aristotle described two types of political revolution: ⁕Complete change from one constitution to another ⁕Modification of an existing constitution. Revolutions have occurred through human history and vary widely in terms of methods, duration, and motivating ideology. Their results include major changes in culture, economy, and socio-political institutions. Scholarly debates about what does and does not constitute a revolution center around several issues. Early studies of revolutions primarily analyzed events in European history from a psychological perspective, but more modern examinations include global events and incorporate perspectives from several social sciences, including sociology and political science. Several generations of scholarly thought on revolutions have generated many competing theories and contributed much to the current understanding of this complex phenomenon.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Revolution

    a sudden change for most part in the constitution of a country in consequence of internal revolt, particularly when a monarchy is superseded by a republic, as in France in 1789, in 1848, and 1870, that in 1830 being merely from one branch of the Bourbon family to another, such as that also in England in 1658. The French Revolution of 1798 is the revolution by pre-eminence, and the years 1848-49 were years of revolutions in Europe.

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Translations for revolution

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

revolution(noun)

(the act of making) a successful, violent attempt to change or remove a government etc

the American Revolution.

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