Origin of rev

First recorded in 1900–05; short for revolution

rev.

Rev.

Revelation; Revelations.
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British Dictionary definitions for rev

rev

noun

revolution per minutethe engine was doing 5000 revs

verb revs, revving or revved

(often foll by up) to increase the speed of revolution of (an engine)

rev.

abbreviation for

revenue
reverse(d)
review
revise(d)
revision
revolution
revolving

Rev.

abbreviation for

Bible Revelation
Reverend
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Word Origin and History for rev
v.

1916, from earlier noun (1901), shortening of revolution, in reference to the internal combustion engine. Related: Revved; revving.

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