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rev

rev

pronunciation:
rev
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition: (informal) one revolution of an engine, shaft, or the like, or the sound made by this revolution.
I heard the rev of his motorcycle engine, and a moment later he zoomed off.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: revs, revved, revving
definition 1: (informal) to accelerate the speed of (an engine).
The racers lined up their cars and revved their engines.
similar words:
gun
definition 2: to arouse or excite for anticipated action (usu. fol. by up).
The players are revving themselves up for game.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: (informal) of an engine, to be accelerated rapidly.
The race crowd got excited as the engines revved.
definition 2: to become aroused or excited for anticipated action.
We're revving up for the next demonstration.