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Topic: POLITICS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin revolutio, from revolvere; REVOLVE

revolution

noun
     
rev‧o‧lu‧tion S3 W2
1

change

[countable] a complete change in ways of thinking, methods of working etc
revolution in
In the last ten years there has been a revolution in education.
social/cultural/sexual etc revolution
the biggest social revolution we have had in this country
the sexual revolution of the 1960s
industrial revolution
2

political change

[uncountable and countable]PPSS a time when people change a ruler or political system by using force or violence [↪ revolt, rebellion]:
the French Revolution of 1789
The role of women has changed since the revolution.
The country seems to be heading towards revolution.
counter-revolution
3

circular movement

a) [uncountable and countable] a circular movement around something [↪ revolve]
revolution around
the planets' revolution around the sun
b) [countable] one complete circular spinning movement, made by something such as a wheel attached to a central point [↪ revolve]:
a speed of 100 revolutions per minute
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