- a revolution (in an engine or the like).
- to accelerate sharply the speed of (an engine or the like) (often followed by up).
- (of an engine) to accelerate; become revved (often followed by up).
- rev up, to increase in strength or accelerate sharply: The economy is beginning to rev up.
Origin of rev
First recorded in 1900–05; short for revolution
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Related Words for revved upadvance, further, hasten, spur, stimulate, expedite, quicken, tool, drive, gun, impel, forward, dust, precipitate, railroad, hurry, roll, rev, speedy, hopped-up
- revolution per minutethe engine was doing 5000 revs
- (often foll by up) to increase the speed of revolution of (an engine)
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1916, from earlier noun (1901), shortening of revolution, in reference to the internal combustion engine. Related: Revved; revving.
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