Revolve meaning

Revolve meaning  When something revolves, it turns on an axis or in an orbit around something else. People who love you probably think the world revolves around you (but really, the earth revolves around the sun).

Revolve comes from those useful Latin roots re- “again” or “back” and volvere “roll,” as seen in evolution, involve, and lots of other familiar words. Picture a revolving door, and you can understand what it means to revolve, or turn in a circular motion.

Definitions of revolve
  1. verb

    turn on or around an axis or a center

    “The Earth
    revolves around the Sun”

    go around, rotate

    circumvolve, rotate

    cause to turn on an axis or center
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    drive in, screw

    cause to penetrate, as with a circular motion

    turn like a screw
    wheel, wheel around

    change directions as if revolving on a pivot
    gyrate, reel, spin, spin around, whirl

    revolve quickly and repeatedly around one’s own axis
    swirl, twiddle, twirl, whirl

    turn in a twisting or spinning motion
    screw up

    screw or turn higher

    do cartwheels: perform an acrobatic movement using both hands and feet

    whirl or spin like a whirligig

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    move around an axis or a center
  2. verb

    move in an orbit

    orb, orbit

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    move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies

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    circle, circulate

    move in circles
  3. verb

    cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis

    roll, trundle

    roll, turn over

    move by turning over or rotating
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    revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction

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    displace, move

    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
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