Revolution vs Spin - What's the difference?

revolution | spin |

As nouns the difference between revolution and spin

is that revolution is revolution while spin is spin.



(en noun)
  • A political upheaval in a government or nation state characterized by great change.
  • The removal and replacement of a government.
  • Rotation: the turning of an object around an axis.
  • * 1912 , P. M. Heldt, The Gasoline Automobile: Its Design and Construction, Volume II: Transmission, Running Gear and Control , The Horseless Age Co. (1913), page 147:
  • The ratio between the speeds of revolution of wheel and disc is substantially equal to the reciprocal of the ratio between the diameter of the wheel and the diameter of the mean contact circle on the disc.
  • A rotation: one complete turn of an object during rotation.
  • * 1864 , D. M. Warren, The Common-School Geography , Revised Edition, H. Cowperthwait & Co., page 6:
  • The Earth has two motions: a daily revolution (or turning around) upon its axis , and a yearly course around the sun.
  • * 1878 , George Fleming, A Text-Book of Veterinary Obstetrics , Baillière, Tindall, & Cox, page 123:
  • Numerous cases are recorded which incontestibly prove that during pregnancy, the uterus perform a half or even a complete revolution , on itself, producing torsion of the cervix
  • In the case of celestial bodies - the traversal of one body through an orbit around another body.
  • A sudden, vast change in a situation, a discipline, or the way of thinking and behaving.
  • Usage notes

    * Astronomers today do not use (term) to refer to the turning of an object about an axis: they use (rotation) for that, and (term) only for the traversal of a body through an orbit (which also happens around some axis). (This may be somewhat customary, however, strictly speaking, using either word for either process would not be incorrect.)


    * evolution

    Derived terms

    * revolutionary * revolutionize Compounds * agricultural revolution * artistic revolution * French Revolution * Industrial Revolution * solid of revolution * information revolution




  • (ergative) To rotate, revolve, gyrate (usually quickly); to partially or completely rotate to face another direction.
  • I spun myself around a few times.
    Spin the ball on the floor.
    The Earth spins with a period of one day.
    She spun around and gave him a big smile.
  • * Longfellow
  • Round about him spun the landscape, / Sky and forest reeled together.
  • To make yarn by twisting and winding fibers together.
  • They spin the cotton into thread.
  • * Prior
  • They neither know to spin , nor care to toil.
  • To present, describe, or interpret, or to introduce a bias or slant so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2006, date=February 9, title=The Politics of Science, work=The Washington Post citation
  • , passage=In every administration there will be spokesmen and public affairs officers who try to spin' the news to make the president look good. But this administration is trying to ' spin scientific data and muzzle scientists toward that end.}}
  • (cricket, of a bowler) To make the ball move sideways when it bounces on the pitch.
  • (cricket, of a ball) To move sideways when bouncing.
  • (cooking) To form into thin strips or ribbons, as with sugar
  • To form (a web, a cocoon, silk, etc.) from threads produced by the extrusion of a viscid, transparent liquid, which hardens on coming into contact with the air; said of the spider, the silkworm, etc.
  • To shape, as malleable sheet metal, into a hollow form, by bending or buckling it by pressing against it with a smooth hand tool or roller while the metal revolves, as in a lathe.
  • To move swiftly.
  • to spin along the road in a carriage, on a bicycle, etc.
  • To stream or issue in a thread or a small current or jet.
  • Blood spins from a vein.
  • To twist (hay) into ropes for convenient carriage on an expedition.
  • (computing, programming, intransitive) To wait in a loop until some condition becomes true.
  • Synonyms

    * (give something a favorable appearance) whitewash, sugarcoat, put lipstick on, gild, blandish, dress up


    * revolve * rotate * turn

    Derived terms

    * respin * spin one's wheels * spin out * spinster

    See also

    * turn around


    (en noun)
  • Circular motion.
  • The car went into a spin .
    The skaters demonstrated their spins .
    ''He put some spin on the cue ball.
    One of the planet's moons has a slower spin than the others.
  • (physics) A quantum angular momentum associated with subatomic particles, which also creates a magnetic moment.
  • A favourable comment or interpretation intended to bias opinion on an otherwise unpleasant situation.
  • (sports) Rotation of the ball as it flies through the air; sideways movement of the ball as it bounces.
  • A condition of flight where a stalled aircraft is simultaneously pitching, yawing and rolling in a spinning motion.
  • A brief trip by vehicle.
  • A bundle of spun material; a mass of strands and filaments.
  • * 1913 , DH Lawrence,
  • She left him alone, and went to get Annie a spin of toffee.

    Derived terms

    * backspin * Biellmann spin * camel spin * layback spin * media spin * parallel spin * sidespin * sit spin * spin doctor * take for a spin * topspin * upright spin


  • (cricket) Describing a spin bowler, or his style of bowling.