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revolving

[ri-vol-ving] /rɪˈvɒl vɪŋ/
adjective
1.
that revolves:
a revolving table top.
2.
Machinery. noting or pertaining to a radial engine whose cylinders revolve around a stationary crankshaft, as the engine of a helicopter.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; revolve + -ing2
Related forms
revolvingly, adverb
nonrevolving, adjective
unrevolving, adjective

revolve

[ri-volv] /rɪˈvɒlv/
verb (used without object), revolved, revolving.
1.
to move in a circular or curving course or orbit:
The earth revolves around the sun.
2.
to turn around or rotate, as on an axis:
The wheel revolves slowly.
3.
to proceed or occur in a round or cycle; come around again in the process of time; recur.
4.
to be revolved in the mind.
5.
to focus or center on.
verb (used with object), revolved, revolving.
6.
to cause to turn around, as on an axis.
7.
to cause to move in a circular or curving course, as about a central point.
8.
to think about; consider.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English revolven < Latin revolvere to roll back, equivalent to re- re- + volvere to roll, turn round
Related forms
revolvable, adjective
revolvably, adverb
unrevolved, adjective
Can be confused
revolve, rotate.
Synonyms
1. orbit, circle. 2. See turn. 8. ponder, study.
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British Dictionary definitions for revolving

revolving

/rɪˈvɒlvɪŋ/
adjective
1.
moving around a central axis: revolving door
2.
(of a fund) constantly added to from income from its investments to offset outgoing payments
3.
(of a letter of credit, load, etc) available to be repeatedly drawn on by the beneficiary provided that a specified amount is never exceeded
Derived Forms
revolvingly, adverb

revolve

/rɪˈvɒlv/
verb
1.
to move or cause to move around a centre or axis; rotate
2.
(intransitive) to occur periodically or in cycles
3.
to consider or be considered
4.
(intransitive; foll by around or about) to be centred or focused (upon): Juliet's thoughts revolved around Romeo
noun
5.
(theatre) a circular section of a stage that can be rotated by electric power to provide a scene change
Derived Forms
revolvable, adjective
revolvably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin revolvere, from re- + volvere to roll, wind
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Word Origin and History for revolving
adj.

1690s, present participle adjective from revolve (v.). Revolving door attested from 1856 in industrial processes, 1896 in buildings.

revolve

v.

late 14c., "to change direction, bend around, turn (the eyes) back," from Old French revolver and directly from Latin revolvere "roll back, unroll, unwind; happen again, return; go over, repeat," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + volvere "to roll" (see volvox). In 15c., "to turn over (in the mind or heart), meditate." Meaning "travel around a central point" first recorded 1660s (earlier "cause to travel in an orbit around a central point," mid-15c.). Related: Revolved; revolving.

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