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Revolu'tion. n.s. [revolution, Fr. revolutus, Latin.]

  1. Course of any thing which returns to the point at which it began to move.

    On their orbs impose
    such restless revolution, day by day
    Milton’s Paradise Lost, b. viii.

    They will be taught by the diurnal revolution of the heavens. Watts’s Improvement of the Mind.

  2. Space measured by some revolution.

    At certain revolutions are they brought
    And feel by turns the bitter change.

    Meteors have no more time allowed them for their mounting, than the short revolutions of the day. Dryden.

    The Persian wept over his army, that within the revolution of a single age, not a man would be left alive. Wake.

  3. Change in the state of a government or country. It is used among us κατ' ἐξοχὴν, for the change produced by the admission of king William and queen Mary.

  4. Rotation in general; returning motion.

    Comes thund’ring back with dreadful revolution
    On my defenseless head.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449) · Wake, William (7) · Watts, Isaac (116)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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