AskDefine | Define revolve

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1 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" [syn: go around, rotate]
2 move in an orbit; "The moon orbits around the Earth"; "The planets are orbiting the sun"; "electrons orbit the nucleus" [syn: orbit]
3 cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis; "She rolled the ball"; "They rolled their eyes at his words" [syn: roll]

User Contributed Dictionary



revolven (to change direction), From Old French revolver (to reflect upon), from revolvere (to turn over, roll back, reflect upon)


  1. To orbit a central point.
    The Earth revolves around the sun.
  2. To turn on an axis.
    The Earth revolves once every twenty-four hours.
  3. To recur in cycles.
    The program revolves through all the queues before returning to the start.
  4. To ponder on.


To orbit a central point
To turn on an axis
To recur in cycles
To ponder on
  • Chinese: 考虑
  • Finnish: pohtia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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