Definitions for: Revolve

[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"
[v] move in an orbit, as of celestial bodies; "The moon orbits around the Earth"; "The planets are orbiting the sun"
[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"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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

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