an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed.
Sociology. a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure, especially one made suddenly and often accompanied by violence.: Compare social evolution.
a sudden, complete or marked change in something: the present revolution in church architecture.
a procedure or course, as if in a circuit, back to a starting point.
a single turn of this kind.
a turning round or rotating, as on an axis.
a moving in a circular or curving course, as about a central point.
a single cycle in such a course.
(not in technical use) rotation (def. 2).
the orbiting of one heavenly body around another.
a single course of such movement.
a round or cycle of events in time or a recurring period of time.
Geology. a time of worldwide orogeny and mountain-building.
- an·ti·rev·o·lu·tion, adjective
- non·rev·o·lu·tion, noun
- post·rev·o·lu·tion, adjective
- pro·rev·o·lu·tion, adjective
- sem·i·rev·o·lu·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for revolution
the overthrow or repudiation of a regime or political system by the governed
(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
a far-reaching and drastic change, esp in ideas, methods, etc
movement in or as if in a circle
one complete turn in such a circle: a turntable rotating at 33 revolutions per minute
the orbital motion of one body, such as a planet or satellite, around another: Compare rotation (def. 5a)
one complete turn in such motion
a cycle of successive events or changes
geology obsolete a profound change in conditions over a large part of the earth's surface, esp one characterized by mountain building: an orogenic revolution
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Scientific definitions for revolution
The motion of an object around a point, especially around another object or a center of mass.
A single complete cycle of such motion.
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