- a revolution (in an engine or the like).
- to accelerate sharply the speed of (an engine or the like) (often followed by up).
- (of an engine) to accelerate; become revved (often followed by up).
- rev up, to increase in strength or accelerate sharply: The economy is beginning to rev up.
Origin of rev
First recorded in 1900–05; short for revolution
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Examples from the Web for revving
Reminded of that revving motor down in Dixie, I have to concur.
Risk, transgression, mockery, rebellion—these are the revving motors of fun.
Now that Sarah Palin is launching an East Coast bus tour, the speculation machine is revving up again.2012's Presidential Whiners
May 29, 2011
"They'd had a couple of run-ins with [Randy] revving his car in the morning," said Ron Johnson, another neighbor.Loughner's Parents: Did They Know About His Mental Illness?
Claire Martin, Masada Siegel
January 11, 2011
His ears were filled with the sound of the revving aircraft engines.
Somewhere down the line a big plane was getting ready to take off, the pilot was checking his magnetos, revving up his engines.The Golden Skull
Now the street noises assailed his ears; the grinding of gears, the revving of motors.This Crowded Earth
It was then that Dave suddenly was conscious of the fact that there were sounds of revving aircraft engines.
- revolution per minutethe engine was doing 5000 revs
- (often foll by up) to increase the speed of revolution of (an engine)
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Word Origin and History for revving
1916, from earlier noun (1901), shortening of revolution, in reference to the internal combustion engine. Related: Revved; revving.
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