(Rev`o*lu"tion*ist), n. One engaged in effecting a change of government; a favorer of revolution.
(Rev`o*lu"tion*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Revolutioniezed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Revolutionizing]
To change completely, as by a revolution; as, to revolutionize a government. Ames.
The gospel . . . has revolutionized his soul.J. M. Mason.
(Re*vol"u*tive) a. Inclined to revolve things in the mind; meditative. [Obs.] Feltham.
(Re*volv"a*ble) a. That may be revolved.
(Re*volve") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Revolved; p. pr. & vb. n. Revolving.] [L. revolvere, revolutum; pref.
re- re- + volvere to roll, turn round. See Voluble, and cf. Revolt, revolution.]
1. To turn or roll round on, or as on, an axis, like a wheel; to rotate, which is the more specific word
in this sense.
If the earth revolve thus, each house near the equator must move a thousand miles an hour.I. Watts.
2. To move in a curved path round a center; as, the planets revolve round the sun.
3. To pass in cycles; as, the centuries revolve.
4. To return; to pass. [R.] Ayliffe.
(Re*volve"), v. t.
1. To cause to turn, as on an axis.
Then in the east her turn she shines,Milton.
Revolved on heaven's great axile.
2. Hence, to turn over and over in the mind; to reflect repeatedly upon; to consider all aspects of.
This having heard, straight I again revolvedMilton.
The law and prophets.
(Re*volve"ment) n. Act of revolving. [R.]
(Re*volv"en*cy) n. The act or state of revolving; revolution. [Archaic]
Its own revolvency upholds the world.Cowper.
(Re*volv"er) n. One who, or that which, revolves; specifically, a firearm ( commonly a pistol)
with several chambers or barrels so arranged as to revolve on an axis, and be discharged in succession
by the same lock; a repeater.
(Re*volv"ing), a. Making a revolution or revolutions; rotating; used also figuratively of time,
seasons, etc., depending on the revolution of the earth.
But grief returns with the revolving year.Shelley.
Revolving seasons, fruitless as they pass.Cowper. Revolving firearm. See Revolver. Revolving light, a light or lamp in a lighthouse so arranged
as to appear and disappear at fixed intervals, either by being turned about an axis so as to show light
only at intervals, or by having its light occasionally intercepted by a revolving screen.