- 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.
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This argument now is largely dead, thanks to the fracking revolution, which has greatly expanded US oil and gas production.The Trump administration opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil companies—but none may bite|By Scott L. Montgomery/The Conversation|August 26, 2020|Popular Science
Yes, everything changed with the computing revolution, as we’ll hear in a minute.The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|August 20, 2020|Freakonomics
Back in January, I wrote a big story for Fortune about the ongoing revolution in natural language processing.
One of the biggest barriers to the renewable energy revolution is working out how to store power when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow.Scientists Found a Way to Turn Bricks Into Batteries|Edd Gent|August 17, 2020|Singularity Hub
Some experts insist that gene editing has the potential to spark a new food revolution.Biotechnology Could Change the Cattle Industry. Will It Succeed?|Dyllan Furness|August 16, 2020|Singularity Hub
What had been the greatest asset of the paperback revolution,” observes Rabinowitz, “became its greatest danger.
That Stone would slander the democratic, pro-Western, EuroMaidan revolution as a CIA coup is no surprise.
The New York governor was the foremost Democrat to stand athwart the Reagan Revolution.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82|Eleanor Clift|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In response, the April Revolution protests erupted in much of the country.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After the Iranian Revolution, discrimination took on a sectarian flavor.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All over the world the just claims of organized labor are intermingled with the underground conspiracy of social revolution.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
He will tell you about the success he had in America; it quite makes up for the defeat of the British army in the Revolution.Confidence|Henry James
He joined the army at the outbreak of the revolution, and continued in it until it was disbanded.
This may be called the first day of the revolution, although the object of the meeting was to prevent such a catastrophe.
Among the middle class there was a strong party which had accepted the doctrines of the French Revolution.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for revolution
- movement in or as if in a circle
- one complete turn in such a circlea turntable rotating at 33 revolutions per minute
- the orbital motion of one body, such as a planet or satellite, around anotherCompare rotation (def. 5a)
- one complete turn in such motion
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Scientific definitions for revolution
In everyday speech revolution and rotation are often used as synonyms, but in science they are not synonyms and have distinct meanings. The difference between the two terms lies in the location of the central axis that the object turns about. If the axis is outside the body itself-that is, if the object is orbiting about another object-then one complete orbit is called a revolution. But if the object is turning about an axis that passes through itself, then one complete cycle is called a rotation. This difference is often summed up in the statement Earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the Sun.