When a new development in an industry changes everything drastically, call it a revolution. The Internet has certainly caused a revolution in the way people lead their lives.

Stemming from the Latin revolvere "to turn, roll back," revolution originally referred to the circuit of the stars through the sky. Today, it still means circuit when talking about the RPM, or revolutions per minute, in an engine. A revolution is also a drastic change in a field such as the fashion industry or technology, or similarly, a sudden, often violent uprising from the people to change the political system.

Definitions of revolution
  1. noun
    a single complete turn (axial or orbital)
    “the revolution of the earth about the sun takes one year”
    synonyms: gyration, rotation
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    clockwise rotation, dextrorotation
    rotation to the right
    counterclockwise rotation, levorotation
    rotation to the left
    axial motion, axial rotation, roll
    rotary motion of an object around its own axis
    orbital motion, orbital rotation
    motion of an object in an orbit around a fixed point
    a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)
    spin (usually of a moving ball) that retards or reverses the forward motion
    English, side
    (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist
    forward spin (usually of a moving ball) that is imparted by an upward stroke
    an indolent or clumsy rolling about
    type of:
    turn, turning
    a movement in a new direction
  2. noun
    the overthrow of a government by those who are governed
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    American War of Independence
    the revolution of the American Colonies against Great Britain; 1775-1783
    Chinese Revolution
    the republican revolution against the Manchu dynasty in China; 1911-1912
    Cuban Revolution
    the revolution led by Fidel Castro and a small band of guerrilla fighters against a corrupt dictatorship in Cuba; 1956-1959
    Bloodless 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)
    French Revolution
    the revolution in France against the Bourbons; 1789-1799
    Mexican Revolution
    a revolution for agrarian reforms led in northern Mexico by Pancho Villa and in southern Mexico by Emiliano Zapata (1910-1911)
    February 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
    a revolution whose aim is to reverse the changes introduced by a previous revolution
    type of:
    group action
    action taken by a group of people
  3. noun
    a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving
    “the industrial revolution was also a cultural revolution”
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    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
    type of:
    alteration, change, modification
    an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
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