[ ri-vol-ving ]
/ rɪˈvɒl vɪŋ /


that revolves: a revolving table top.
Machinery. noting or pertaining to a radial engine whose cylinders revolve around a stationary crankshaft, as the engine of a helicopter.

Nearby words

  1. revolutionist,
  2. revolutionize,
  3. revolutions of 1848,
  4. revolve,
  5. revolver,
  6. revolving charge account,
  7. revolving credit,
  8. revolving door,
  9. revolving fund,
  10. revolving stage

Origin of revolving

First recorded in 1690–1700; revolve + -ing2

Related formsre·volv·ing·ly, adverbnon·re·volv·ing, adjectiveun·re·volv·ing, adjective


[ ri-volv ]
/ rɪˈvɒlv /

verb (used without object), re·volved, re·volv·ing.

verb (used with object), re·volved, re·volv·ing.

Origin of revolve

1350–1400; Middle English revolven < Latin revolvere to roll back, equivalent to re- re- + volvere to roll, turn round

1. orbit, circle. 2. See turn. 8. ponder, study.

Related formsre·volv·a·ble, adjectivere·volv·a·bly, adverbun·re·volved, adjective

Can be confusedrevolve rotate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for revolving


/ (rɪˈvɒlvɪŋ) /


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
Derived Formsrevolvingly, adverb


/ (rɪˈvɒlv) /


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
Derived Formsrevolvable, adjectiverevolvably, adverb

Word Origin for revolve

C14: from Latin revolvere, from re- + volvere to roll, wind

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Word Origin and History for revolving
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