revolution

Definitions

  • It Brought on a Revolution 227
    It Brought on a Revolution 227
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n revolution the overthrow of a government by those who are governed
    • n revolution a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving "the industrial revolution was also a cultural revolution"
    • n revolution a single complete turn (axial or orbital) "the plane made three rotations before it crashed","the revolution of the earth about the sun takes one year"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In August 1999, Lori Lynn Lomeli set a record by spinning 82 Hula Hoops at the same time for three full revolutions
    • Revolution (Politics) A fundamental change in political organization, or in a government or constitution; the overthrow or renunciation of one government, and the substitution of another, by the governed. "The violence of revolutions is generally proportioned to the degree of the maladministration which has produced them."
    • Revolution A total or radical change; as, a revolution in one's circumstances or way of living. "The ability . . . of the great philosopher speedily produced a complete revolution throughout the department."
    • Revolution Return to a point before occupied, or to a point relatively the same; a rolling back; return; as, revolution in an ellipse or spiral. "That fear
      Comes thundering back, with dreadful revolution ,
      On my defenseless head."
    • Revolution The act of revolving, or turning round on an axis or a center; the motion of a body round a fixed point or line; rotation; as, the revolution of a wheel, of a top, of the earth on its axis, etc.
    • Revolution (Geom) The motion of a point, line, or surface about a point or line as its center or axis, in such a manner that a moving point generates a curve, a moving line a surface (called a surface of revolution), and a moving surface a solid (called a solid of revolution); as, the revolution of a right-angled triangle about one of its sides generates a cone; the revolution of a semicircle about the diameter generates a sphere.
    • Revolution (Astron) The motion of any body, as a planet or satellite, in a curved line or orbit, until it returns to the same point again, or to a point relatively the same; -- designated as the annual anomalistic nodical sidereal, or tropical revolution, according as the point of return or completion has a fixed relation to the year, the anomaly, the nodes, the stars, or the tropics; as, the revolution of the earth about the sun; the revolution of the moon about the earth.
    • Revolution The space measured by the regular return of a revolving body; the period made by the regular recurrence of a measure of time, or by a succession of similar events. "The short revolution of a day."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Jupiter is the fastest rotating planet, which can complete one revolution in less than ten hours
    • n revolution The act of revolving or turning completely round, so as to bring every point of the turning body back to its first position; a complete rotation through 360°. Where the distinction is of importance, this is called a rotation.
    • n revolution The act of moving completely around a circular or oval course, independently of any rotation. In a revolution without rotation, every part of the body moves by an equal amount, while in rotation the motions of the different parts are proportional to their distances from the axis. But revolutions and rotations may be combined. Thus, the planets perform revolutions round the sun, and at the same time rotations about their own axes. The moon performs a rotation on its axis in precisely the same time in which it performs a revolution round the earth, to which it consequently always turns the same side.
    • n revolution A round of periodic or recurrent changes or events; a cycle, especially of time: as, the revolutions of the seasons, or of the hours of the day and night.
    • n revolution Hence A recurrent period or moment in time.
    • n revolution A total change of circumstances; a complete alteration in character, system, or conditions.
    • n revolution Specifically A radical change in social or governmental conditions; the overthrow of an established political system, generally accompanied by far-reaching social changes. The term Revolution, in English history, is applied distinctively to the convulsion by which James II. was driven from the throne in 1688. In American history it is applied to the war of independence. See below. [In this sense the word is sometimes used adjectively.]
    • n revolution The act of rolling or moving back; a return to a point previously occupied.
    • n revolution The act of revolving or turning to and fro in the mind; consideration; hence, open deliberation; discussion.
    • n revolution The winding or turning of a spiral about its axis, as a spiral of a shell about the columella; one of the coils or whorls thus produced; a volution; a turn.
    • n revolution Synonyms See insurrection.
    • n revolution In astrology, the annual return of the sun to the place he occupied at one's birth, from which, according as he may be aspected, an augury is derived regarding the complexion of the ensuing year of life.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A galactic year is 250 million Earth-years. This is the time it takes for our solar system to make one revolution around the Milky Way Galaxy.
    • n Revolution rev-ō-lū′shun act of revolving: motion round a centre: course which brings to the same point or state: space measured by a revolving body: a radical change, as of one's way of living: fundamental change in the government of a country: a revolt: a complete rotation through 360°: a round of periodic changes, as the revolutions of the seasons: the winding of a spiral about its axis: change of circumstances: consideration
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Quotations

  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “There is such a thing as a general revolution which changes the taste of men as it changes the fortunes of the world.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”
  • Mariano Azuela
    Mariano Azuela
    “Thinkers prepare the revolution and bandits carry it out.”
  • Toni Cade Bambara
    Toni Cade Bambara
    “Revolution begins with the self, in the self.”
  • Fidel Castro
    Fidel Castro
    “A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle between the future and the past.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. révolution, L. revolutio,. See Revolve
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Revolve.

Usage

In literature:

And again, what enormous distances must separate the stars, to admit of their free revolution in the ether!
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
The flame of revolution had run through the colonies.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
The catastrophe of the revolution had unchained a whole whirlwind of antagonisms.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
During the summer of 1789 a revolution had broken out in France, and its influence was soon materially felt in the politics of the United States.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
The last period of Burke's life is filled up by his great struggle against the French revolution.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
On the State of Society in France before the Revolution of 1789.
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
No revolutions up your sleeve, eh?
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
The planet now under consideration accomplishes each revolution in 365 days.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
The American Revolution was therefore in no respect destructive.
"The Critical Period of American History" by John Fiske
During the French Revolution his manuscripts passed to the library at Douai.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
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In poetry:

A type of revolution,
Wrought from an iron plan,
In the largest mold of liberty
God cast the Puritan.
"The Puritans' Christmas" by Madison Julius Cawein
For ever blooming it appears,
'Tis void of cares, and void of fears:
From death and revolutions free,
It lasts to all eternity.
"Concerning The New Jerusalem" by Rees Prichard
We are dead, and we are buried!
Revolution's soul is tame!
They are merry o'er our ashes,
And our tyrants rule the same!
But the Resurrection's coming
As the Resurrection came.
"We Are Silent" by Ernest Jones
From the time of that stern ruler
To our own familiar days
Long the pathway we have trodden,
Hard, and devious were its ways
Till at last there came the second
Mightier Revolution's blaze:
"The Lee Memorial Ode" by James Barron Hope
HURRAH for revolution and more cannon-shot!
A beggar upon horseback lashes a beggar on foot.
Hurrah for revolution and cannon come again!
The beggars have changed places, but the lash goes on.
"The Great Day" by William Butler Yeats
This valliant son of Mars
Had been to visit Par's,
That land of Revolution, that grows the tricolor;
And to welcome his returrn
From pilgrimages furren,
We invited him to tay on the Shannon shore.
"The Battle Of Limerick" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Cardigan Bay's Textile Design Revolution.
Is this what the next Russian Revolution looks like.
Keanu Reeves—who better?—Parses the Digital Revolution.
Over 50 years ago, he began a revolution that's still playing out today.
The title of John Searle's article "End of the Revolution", and much of what he writes in that article, are seriously misleading.
Recipe from Jamie's Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver.
'This is one of the few real revolutions I just thought I'd come check it out'.
'Unfinished Revolutions' Churn In Middle East.
LOS ANGELES — "Musical revolutions, I don't know how many I've been through," Robbie Robertson muses.
Threatened by revolution, he transferred his dogs to the Duke of Newcastle, his close friend in England.
Corti Brothers store began a gourmet-food revolution.
'Step Up: Revolution' is hot, sexy cotton candy .
The skilled craftsman remains, but his craft has changed in stride with the same information revolution that has changed the skills used in countless other trades.
Growing up in the Cultural Revolution .
China's new cultural revolution .
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In science:

Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
This time estimate equals one revolution of NGC 1167 (at r = 65 kpc), but is less than the 1.3 Gyr that one revolution of UGC 2465 takes.
Cold gas in massive early-type galaxies: The case of NGC 1167
At a closer view, neurites can be regarded as volumes of revolution, defined by rotating a smooth function r = r(x) representing the local radius of the neurite where x represents distance along the neurite.
A Graphical Approach to a Model of Neuronal Tree with Variable Diameter
The scientific community urgently needs to bring about a revolution in both the conception of science, and science itself.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
The scientific community urgently needs to bring about a revolution in both the conception of science, and science itself.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
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