revolve vs rotate : Common Errors in English

About revolve vs rotate

In ordinary speech these two words are often treated as interchangeable, though it’s “revolving credit account” and “rotating crops.” Scientists make a sharp distinction between the two: the earth revolves (orbits) around the sun but rotates (spins) around its axis.

revolve Meaning(s)

  • (v) turn on or around an axis or a center
  • (v) move in an orbit
  • (v) cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis

rotate Meaning(s)

  • (v) turn on or around an axis or a center
  • (v) exchange on a regular basis
  • (v) perform a job or duty on a rotating basis
  • (v) cause to turn on an axis or center
  • (v) turn outward
  • (v) plant or grow in a fixed cyclic order of succession

revolve in News

  1. Mayor Bieter proposes bond elections for city facilities during the 10th annual State of The City Address

    Mayor Bieter announced in his 10th annual State of the City Address that his goal will revolve around a public process in deciding a bond for new and upgraded city facilities.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KIVI Boise

  2. Zimmerman trial all about race

    Mark NeJame says jury selection in the trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin will probably revolve around race.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CNN

  3. Ryan Briscoe returns to Panther Racing for Milwaukee IndyFest

    As expected, the revolving door at Panther Racing is mostly going to revolve around Ryan Briscoe when his schedule permits, as the team continues to try out drivers for 2014 after parting ways with JR Hildebrand following the Indianapolis 500.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Philly.com

rotate in News

  1. Conservation Day!

    HARLAN -- Sixth graders from Shelby County schools (Harlan, Exira-EH-K and Shelby County Catholic) participated in Conservation Day at Prairie Rose State Park on Wednesday, May 15. Students had the chance to rotate between nine different stations, including a nature walk, fire safety, wildlife, forestry, fishing, tackle and techniques, soils, groundwater, and parks.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Harlan Tribune

  2. Plastic Coupling provides drip-free, reliable connections.

    Featuring ergonomic thumb latch, NS1 Series quick disconnect coupling provides secure, reliable connect and disconnect. Non-spill shutoff valves ensure drip-free disconnects, and drybreak style design minimizes air inclusion. Connection can be made with minimal alignment and allows tubing to rotate freely without kinking/twisting. Constructed from polypropylene and PEEK® materials for strength ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: ThomasNet

  3. 3 Impressive Biotech ETFs Crushing the Market

    Rotate into the outperforming biotech sector with these three ETFs.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Zacks via Yahoo! Finance

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