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or r.p.m

revolutions per minute. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Meanwhile, they kept up a jabber that sounded like a 33-1/3 rpm record being played 78 rpm.

    Brknk's Bounty Gerald Allan Sohl
  • Portions of the turbine also volitized; idling at eight thousand rpm, it became unstable.

    All Day September Roger Kuykendall
  • Later tests would put the rim through check-out tests to as high as 1.59 gee, but "normal" operation had been fixed at two rpm.

    Where I Wasn't Going Walt Richmond
  • The out-of-balance fan, turning at close to 35,000 rpm, flew to pieces and the air cushion vanished.

    Code Three Rick Raphael
British Dictionary definitions for rpm


revolutions per minute
resale price maintenance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rpm

1906, initialism from revolutions per minute.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rpm in Medicine

rpm or r.p.m.
revolutions per minute

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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rpm in Technology

operating system, tool
A Unix package-management system that helps installation of software packages; similar to an install program.
[More details? Reference? Expansion?]

rotation per minute
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for rpm


revolutions per minute
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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