rev

noun
\ ˈrev How to pronounce rev (audio) \

Definition of rev

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a revolution of a motor
2 : revolution per minute usually used in plural

rev

verb
revved; revving

Definition of rev (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to step up the number of revolutions per minute of often used with up rev up the engine
b : increase used with up rev up production
2 : to drive or operate especially at high speed often used with up
3 : to make more active or effective used with up revving up the economy
4 : to stir up : excite usually used with up revved up the kids before bedtime

intransitive verb

1 : to operate at an increased speed of revolution usually used with up
2 : to increase in amount or activity usually used with up the campaign revved up
3 : to become more excited especially in anticipation usually used with up the partygoers were revving up

rev

abbreviation (1)

Definition of rev (Entry 3 of 4)

1 revenue
2 reverse
3 review; reviewed
4 revised; revision
5 revolution

Rev

abbreviation (2)

Definition of Rev (Entry 4 of 4)

1 Revelation
2 reverend

Examples of rev in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One other note from the audio department: Lightweight Inconel exhaust manifolds supplant the GTB’s tubular headers, and the resulting high-rev resonances are brighter and louder, up to 8 dB in the Pista’s cabin, says Ferrari. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 The dual-overhead-cam engine is a rev-willing VTEC design that produces its peak 272 horsepower at 6500 rpm, down slightly from the previous car’s 279-horse V-6. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2019 Acura RDX Crossover: Return of the Turbocharged Four," 29 Mar. 2018 First, these will be the last Corvettes with a manual transmission—a trick seven-speeder with a rev-matching function for downshifting. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Corvette ZR1: The Last, and Best, of Its Kind," 28 Nov. 2018 Any true health fiend knows, though, that the wind-down is just as important as the rev-up. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The 11 Best Gifts for the Wellness Warrior in Your Life," 14 Nov. 2018 On top of that, some engines can create unpleasant vibrations across certain rev-ranges during cylinder deactivation. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Clever new cylinder control gives big MPG boost—and it’s ready to roll," 15 Feb. 2018 As long as rumors of a rotary revival endure, car lovers will dream of this fussy, quirky engine once again powering the wheels of a torquey, rev-happy ride. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Why Car Lovers Are So Mad for Mazda’s Rotary Engine Revival," 21 May 2018 Fuel economy comes in at 16 mpg city and 25 highway for the Tremec six-speed with rev-matching. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Big boys’ toys: Camaro special edition pays tribute to iconic Hot Wheels," 9 June 2018 Active rev matching can be turned on or off, but its on-point operation allows amateur drivers to feel like pros. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2018 Honda Civic Type R," 22 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The car is powered by a 1.3L, four-cylinder Suzuki bike engine that loves to rev up to the 10,000rpm redline. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "How a day driving high-downforce cars at VIR taught me I’m OK being slow," 11 Sep. 2018 The country singer stars opposite of John Travolta in 2019's Trading Paint, and the first trailer for the film is revving fans up. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Shania Twain Is Starring in a New Movie With John Travolta," 23 Jan. 2019 The Portland-area real estate market revved up in April as the median home price topped $400,000 for the first time. Elliot Njus, OregonLive.com, "Median Portland-area home price tops $400,000 for first time in April," 14 May 2018 Some honk, some tap the gas, revving their engines. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 Paul Allen's Stratolaunch venture took the world's biggest airplane out of its hangar last weekend at California's Mojave Air and Space Port and revved up its engines in preparation for the next step toward shooting rockets into space from midair. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: China aims for the Moon, SpaceX gets approval for load-and-go," 17 Aug. 2018 That alone is enough to get the industry’s engines revving. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Will New Train Guidelines Improve Speeds? Not So Fast," 11 Jan. 2019 There is no dialogue during the chase, just engines revving, tires squealing and thumps when the cars bottom out on hilly streets. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Steve McQueen’s Ford Mustang, star of famed car-chase scene in ‘Bullitt,’ pulls into Tacoma," 8 Dec. 2018 Forearms spin at the elbows like propellers, revving up then reversing. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Funkedified,’ the Visceral Glory of Funk," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of rev

Noun

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1920, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for rev

Noun

short for revolution

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rev

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rev

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : a complete turn of an engine part

rev

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rev (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause (an engine) to run more quickly : to increase the revolutions per minute of (a motor in a vehicle)

rev

verb
\ ˈrev How to pronounce rev (audio) \
revved; revving

Kids Definition of rev

: to increase the number of revolutions per minute of (a motor) rev an engine

Kids Definition of Rev.

reverend

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