[ 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.

Origin of revolving

First recorded in 1690–1700; revolve + -ing2
Related formsre·volv·ing·ly, adverbnon·re·volv·ing, adjectiveun·re·volv·ing, adjective

Definition for revolving (2 of 2)


[ 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
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 (1 of 2)


/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for revolving (2 of 2)


/ (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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