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Meaning of REVOLVE

Pronunciation:  ri'vâlv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  to rotate or cause to rotate; "The child rolled down the hill"; "She rolled the ball"; "They rolled their eyes at his words"; "turn over to your left side"; "Ballet dancers can rotate their legs outward"
  2. [v]  move in an orbit, as of celestial bodies; "The moon orbits around the Earth"; "The planets are orbiting the sun"
  3. [v]  turn on or around an axis or a center; "The Earth revolves around the Sun"; "The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire"

REVOLVE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: go around, orbit, roll, rotate, turn over
 See Also: avalanche, center, center on, circle, circulate, concentrate on, drive in, focus on, gyrate, reel, retrograde, revolve about, revolve around, roll down, roll over, screw, spin, spin around, swirl, transit, turn, twiddle, twirl, wheel, wheel around, whirl



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*volve"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Revolved}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Revolving}.] [L. revolvere, revolutum; pref. re- re-
    + volvere to roll, turn round. See {Voluble}, and cf.
    {Revolt}, {revolution}.]
    1. To turn or roll round on, or as on, an axis, like a wheel;
       to rotate, -- which is the more specific word in this
             If the earth revolve thus, each house near the
             equator must move a thousand miles an hour. --I.
    2. To move in a curved path round a center; as, the planets
       revolve round the sun.
    3. To pass in cycles; as, the centuries revolve.
    4. To return; to pass. [R.] --Ayliffe.
  2. \Re*volve"\, v. t.
    1. To cause to turn, as on an axis.
             Then in the east her turn she shines, Revolved on
             heaven's great axile.                 --Milton.
    2. Hence, to turn over and over in the mind; to reflect
       repeatedly upon; to consider all aspects of.
             This having heard, straight I again revolved The law
             and prophets.                         --Milton.