Origin of rev

First recorded in 1900–05; short for revolution
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Contemporary Examples of revving

Historical Examples of revving

  • His ears were filled with the sound of the revving aircraft engines.

  • Somewhere down the line a big plane was getting ready to take off, the pilot was checking his magnetos, revving up his engines.

    The Golden Skull

    John Blaine

  • Now the street noises assailed his ears; the grinding of gears, the revving of motors.

    This Crowded Earth

    Robert Bloch

  • It was then that Dave suddenly was conscious of the fact that there were sounds of revving aircraft engines.

British Dictionary definitions for revving



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)
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Word Origin and History for revving



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

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