Origin of revolving
- to move in a circular or curving course or orbit: The earth revolves around the sun.
- to turn around or rotate, as on an axis: The wheel revolves slowly.
- to proceed or occur in a round or cycle; come around again in the process of time; recur.
- to be revolved in the mind.
- to focus or center on.
- to cause to turn around, as on an axis.
- to cause to move in a circular or curving course, as about a central point.
- to think about; consider.
Origin of revolve
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Examples from the Web for revolving
Fed up of being surrounded by a revolving cast of affluent crashing bores, I vowed to get out more.The Hell of the Hamptons: Why the Exclusive Hotspot Is a Mind-Numbing Drag
August 18, 2014
Evolve a revolving roundtable of women, or men, with diverse, unpredictable views.Is There Life Left in ‘The View’?
June 28, 2014
Outside, to the left of the revolving doors, is where he would smoke his after-dinner cigarette.Michael Hastings' Hunger for Life
June 14, 2014
His last few years have been a revolving door of corruption, scandal, resignation, and reinstatement.The U.N.’s Next President Is a Gay-Hating Friend of Uganda’s Corrupt Dictator
June 3, 2014
“At approximately 0240 hours, Mark Shand attempted to re-enter the hotel through the revolving doors,” Grimpel told BNO.Camilla's Brother Died After Falling In Gramercy Park Hotel Revolving Doors
April 24, 2014
He stood for a moment at the side of the door, revolving what was to be done.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
The coachman was revolving in his own mind the question of the boy's belongings.Rico and Wiseli
It was a measure which he had long been revolving in his secret thoughts.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
At last I heard him revolving on his axis down the corkscrew staircase.Wilfrid Cumbermede
My sixth a cycle of revolving time,Which visits every nation, age, and clime.
- moving around a central axisrevolving door
- (of a fund) constantly added to from income from its investments to offset outgoing payments
- (of a letter of credit, load, etc) available to be repeatedly drawn on by the beneficiary provided that a specified amount is never exceeded
- to move or cause to move around a centre or axis; rotate
- (intr) to occur periodically or in cycles
- to consider or be considered
- (intr ; foll by around or about) to be centred or focused (upon)Juliet's thoughts revolved around Romeo
- theatre a circular section of a stage that can be rotated by electric power to provide a scene change
Word Origin and History for revolving
1690s, present participle adjective from revolve (v.). Revolving door attested from 1856 in industrial processes, 1896 in buildings.
late 14c., "to change direction, bend around, turn (the eyes) back," from Old French revolver and directly from Latin revolvere "roll back, unroll, unwind; happen again, return; go over, repeat," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + volvere "to roll" (see volvox). In 15c., "to turn over (in the mind or heart), meditate." Meaning "travel around a central point" first recorded 1660s (earlier "cause to travel in an orbit around a central point," mid-15c.). Related: Revolved; revolving.