Definition of revolution

1a(1)the action by a celestial body of going round in an orbit or elliptical coursealso apparent movement of such a body round the earth

(2)the time taken by a celestial body to make a complete round in its orbit

(3)the rotation of a celestial body on its axis

bcompletion of a course (as of years)also the period made by the regular succession of a measure of time or by a succession of similar events

c(1)a progressive motion of a body around an axis so that any line of the body parallel to the axis returns to its initial position while remaining parallel to the axis in transit and usually at a constant distance from it

(2)motion of any figure about a center or axisrevolution of a right triangle about one of its legs generates a cone

(3)ROTATION sense 1b

2aa sudden, radical, or complete change

ba fundamental change in political organizationespecially the overthrow or renunciation of one government or ruler and the substitution of another by the governed

cactivity or movement designed to effect fundamental changes in the socioeconomic situation

da fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something a change of paradigmthe Copernican revolution

ea changeover in use or preference especially in technologythe computer revolutionthe foreign car revolution

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