The ballet dancers revolve in unison while pirouetting during their performance on stage.
- An example of revolve is thinking about work while trying to go to sleep.
- An example of revolve is spinning a toy top.
- An example of revolve is a ballet dancer doing a pirouette.
transitive verb-·volved′, -·volv′ing
- to turn over in the mind; reflect on
- to cause to travel in a circle or orbit
- to cause to rotate, or spin around an axis
Origin of revolveMiddle English revolven from Classical Latin revolvere from re-, back + volvere, to roll: see walk
- to move in a circle or orbit around a point
- to spin or turn around a center or axis; rotate
- to be oriented (around or about something regarded as a center)
- to recur at intervals; occur periodically
- to be pondered or reflected on
verbre·volved, re·volv·ing, re·volves
- To orbit a central point: The planets revolve around the sun.
- To turn on an axis; rotate. See Synonyms at turn.
- To be arranged as revolving credit: His credit line revolves.
- To be centered: Their troubles revolve around money management.
- To cause to revolve.
- To ponder or reflect on: revolved the matter in his mind.
Origin of revolveMiddle English revolven to change direction from Old French revolver to reflect upon from Latin revolvere to turn over, roll back, reflect upon re- re- volvere to roll ; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present revolves, present participle revolving, simple past and past participle revolved)
- (intransitive) To orbit a central point.
- The Earth revolves around the sun.
- To turn on an axis.
- The Earth revolves once every twenty-four hours.
- (intransitive) To recur in cycles.
- The program revolves through all the queues before returning to the start.
- The centuries revolve.
- To ponder on, to reflect repeatedly upon, to consider all aspects of.