Definition of "revolution" []

  • Orbital motion about a point, especially as distinguished from axial rotation: the planetary revolution about the sun. (noun)
  • A turning or rotational motion about an axis. (noun)
  • A single complete cycle of such orbital or axial motion. (noun)
  • The overthrow of one government and its replacement with another. (noun)
  • A sudden or momentous change in a situation: the revolution in computer technology. (noun)
  • The overthrow or repudiation of a regime or political system by the governed (noun)

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  • (in Marxist theory) the violent and historically necessary transition from one system of production in a society to the next, as from feudalism to capitalism (noun)
  • A far-reaching and drastic change, esp in ideas, methods, etc (noun)
  • Movement in or as if in a circle (noun)
  • One complete turn in such a circle (noun)
  • The orbital motion of one body, such as a planet or satellite, around another (noun)
  • One complete turn in such motion (noun)
  • A cycle of successive events or changes (noun)
  • A profound change in conditions over a large part of the earth's surface, esp one characterized by mountain building (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "revolution" in a sentence
  • "Online, said the term "revolution" was "a little drastic" for what was going on."
  • "At that time Khomeini's old friend grand Ayatollah Shariatmadari wrote a fatwa denouncing the events and for the first time used the term revolution using one of the verses of the Quran."
  • "If you remember Figure 2.1 from Chapter 2, you might wonder whether this leap in performance from classic mass production, as practiced by GM, to classic lean production, as performed by Toyota, really deserves the term revolution."