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REVOLUTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does revolution mean? 

REVOLUTION (noun)
  The noun REVOLUTION has 3 senses:

1. a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving
2. the overthrow of a government by those who are governed
3. a single complete turn (axial or orbital)

  Familiarity information: REVOLUTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


REVOLUTION (noun)


Sense 1revolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the industrial revolution was also a cultural revolution

Hypernyms ("revolution" is a kind of...):

alteration; change; modification (an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "revolution"):

Cultural Revolution; Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (a radical reform in China initiated by Mao Zedong in 1965 and carried out largely by the Red Guard; intended to eliminate counterrevolutionary elements in the government it resulted in purges of the intellectuals and socioeconomic chaos)

green revolution (the introduction of pesticides and high-yield grains and better management during the 1960s and 1970s which greatly increased agricultural productivity)


Sense 2revolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The overthrow of a government by those who are governed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("revolution" is a kind of...):

group action (action taken by a group of people)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "revolution"):

counterrevolution (a revolution whose aim is to reverse the changes introduced by a previous revolution)

Instance hyponyms:

February Revolution; Russian Revolution (the revolution against the czarist government which led to the abdication of Nicholas II and the creation of a provisional government in March 1917)

Mexican Revolution (a revolution for agrarian reforms led in northern Mexico by Pancho Villa and in southern Mexico by Emiliano Zapata (1910-1911))

French Revolution (the revolution in France against the Bourbons; 1789-1799)

Bloodless Revolution; English Revolution; Glorious Revolution (the revolution against James II; there was little armed resistance to William and Mary in England although battles were fought in Scotland and Ireland (1688-1689))

Cuban Revolution (the revolution led by Fidel Castro and a small band of guerrilla fighters against a corrupt dictatorship in Cuba; 1956-1959)

Chinese Revolution (the republican revolution against the Manchu dynasty in China; 1911-1912)

American Revolution; American Revolutionary War; American War of Independence; War of American Independence (the revolution of the American colonies against Great Britain; 1775-1783)


Sense 3revolution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A single complete turn (axial or orbital)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

gyration; revolution; rotation

Context examples:

the plane made three rotations before it crashed / the revolution of the earth about the sun takes one year

Hypernyms ("revolution" is a kind of...):

turn; turning (a movement in a new direction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "revolution"):

orbital motion; orbital rotation (motion of an object in an orbit around a fixed point)

axial motion; axial rotation; roll (rotary motion of an object around its own axis)

counterclockwise rotation; levorotation (rotation to the left)

clockwise rotation; dextrorotation (rotation to the right)

spin (a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile))


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