revolution: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (rev"u-l'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed.
  2. a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure, esp. one made suddenly and often accompanied by violence. Cf.
  3. a sudden, complete or marked change in something: the present revolution in church architecture.
  4. a procedure or course, as if in a circuit, back to a starting point.
  5. a single turn of this kind.
    1. a turning round or rotating, as on an axis.
    2. a moving in a circular or curving course, as about a central point.
    3. a single cycle in such a course.
    1. (not in technical use) rotation (def. 2).
    2. the orbiting of one heavenly body around another.
    3. a single course of such movement.
  6. a round or cycle of events in time or a recurring period of time.
  7. a time of worldwide orogeny and mountain-building.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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