- The definition of a revolution is the movement of one object around a center or another object, a forceful overthrow of a government by the people or any sudden or grand change.
- An example of revolution is movement of the earth around the sun.
- An example of revolution is the war fought between the colonial people and Great Britain.
- An example of revolution is the introduction of the automobile into society.
It takes the Earth 365 days to complete it's revolution around the sun.
- the movement of an orbiting celestial object, as a star or planet, completely around another object
- apparent movement of the sun and stars around the earth
- the time taken for a body to go around an orbit and return to its original position
- a turning or spinning motion of a body, shaft, etc. around a center or axis; rotation
- one complete turn of such a rotating body, shaft, etc.
- a complete cycle of events: the revolution of the seasons
- a complete or radical change of any kind: a revolution in modern physics
- overthrow of a government, form of government, or social system by those governed and usually by forceful means, with another government or system taking its place: the American Revolution (1775), the French Revolution (1789), the Chinese Revolution (1911), the Russian Revolution (1917)
Origin of revolutionMiddle English revolucion ; from Old French ; from Late Latin revolutio ; from Classical Latin revolutus, past participle of revolvere: see revolve
- a. Orbital motion about a point, especially as distinguished from axial rotation: the planetary revolution about the sun.b. A turning or rotational motion about an axis.c. A single complete cycle of such orbital or axial motion.
- The overthrow of one government and its replacement with another.
- A sudden or momentous change in a situation: the revolution in computer technology.
- Geology A time of major crustal deformation, when folds and faults are formed.
Origin of revolutionMiddle English revolucioun, from Old French revolution, from Late Latin revolūtiō, revolūtiōn-, from Latin revolūtus, past participle of revolvere, to turn over; see revolve.
- A political upheaval in a government or nation state characterized by great change.
- The removal and replacement of a government.
- Rotation: the turning of an object around an axis.
- A rotation: one complete turn of an object during rotation.
- In the case of celestial bodies - the traversal of one body through an orbit around another body.
- A sudden, vast change in a situation, a discipline, or the way of thinking and behaving.
- Astronomers today do not use revolution to refer to the turning of an object about an axis: they use rotation for that, and revolution only for the traversal of a body through an orbit.