Definition of rev in English:



  • 1A revolution of an engine per minute.

    ‘an engine speed of 1,750 revs’
    • ‘It responds to high revs and comes alive as the red rev counter homes in on the 8,000 rpm redline.’
    • ‘Anytime day and particularly night you will hear a Fireblade or the like screaming to maximum revs between gears as some young stud guns it in an endeavour to impress some local beauty and his mates with his prowess in riding.’
    • ‘The flight was 25 miles in total and my ground speed was 60 mph with the bar in and about 6,000 revs on the tach.’
    • ‘As a general rule, we have been reducing maximum revs by 1,000 rpm for free practice on Friday.’
    • ‘Thanks to the turbo-charger, progress in the higher gears is equally swift, provided revs are at or above 1,500 rpm.’
    • ‘A petrol engine will spin happily, in some cases to 8,000 or 9,000 revs per minute.’
    • ‘However, engine noise becomes prominent at higher revs.’
    • ‘The 5-cylinder/large displacement design was put in place to provide high torque from low engine revs.’
    • ‘The fuel injection, despite some hunting at low revs, is smooth and predictable, with no drivetrain snatch.’
    • ‘We're going with lower engine revs - 10,300 rather than 10,700.’
    • ‘All in all the Magnum features integrated aerodynamics, the engine with high torque from low revs, with good fuel consumption.’
    • ‘Do you have specific targets to achieve for the start of next year, in terms of horsepower and revs?’
    • ‘‘It's go time,’ I thought to myself, as I downshifted back down to fourth gear, matched my revs and punched the throttle.’
    • ‘With the serious power and torque further up the rev range, driving the car at lower revs is very easy and not likely to unnerve newcomers to the marque.’
    • ‘Careful drivers put wear and tear on their cars and their backs while driving at higher revs in a lower gear, thereby inflicting more noise and pollution on local residents.’
    • ‘Equally, there are no very slow corners which see the engine operating at very low revs, meaning the rev range required is also within our normal limits.’
    • ‘The rev counter sits in front of the driver, on the steering column.’
    • ‘This gives a maximum power output of 110 horsepower generated at 5,800 revs.’
    • ‘It also does 320 kph by the time you run out of revs in 6th gear!’
    • ‘Unless your are driving at high revs, using a good quality paper air filter allows enough flow, but switch to an easier breathing filter if you like to wind up the motor frequently, as that's when it's gasping for air.’
    1. 1.1An act of increasing the speed of revolution of a vehicle's engine by pressing the accelerator, especially while the clutch is disengaged.
      • ‘It sounded like a generator or the engine of a diesel truck but with a deeper sound and intervals that were not as fast as you would hear from the revs of an idle engine.’
      • ‘Firmly strapped into the bucket seat next to Chris, in one rev of the engine and a massive cloud of dust, we were off, hurtling over rocks and ditches.’
      • ‘We were all nearly asleep when I heard the rev of a motor, the squeal of wheels.’


[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1 Increase the running speed of (an engine) or the engine speed of (a vehicle) by pressing the accelerator, especially while the clutch is disengaged.

    ‘he got into the car, revved up the engine and drove off’
    [no object] ‘I revved up enthusiastically’
    • ‘Having an auto obviously means you can't rev the engine, drop the clutch and set off with tyres squealing as you try for maximum acceleration off the line.’
    • ‘Revving up your metabolism requires both heavy weight and a fast pace.’
    • ‘A gaggle of brawny bikers revs their choppers out front.’
    • ‘Off-stage event sketching will continue to rev up the young crowd.’
    • ‘He revved the bike and took off in the direction of the statue.’
    • ‘She expected him to follow, but then she heard the engine to his car being revved up, he then turned the vehicle and drove away in an alarmingly high speed.’
    • ‘The flashing orange lights of the recovery vehicle beam into my room as the mechanic continually revs the failing engine.’
    • ‘There was a moment where we all just revved the motors.’
    • ‘Drop into gear, rev the motor and release the clutch.’
    • ‘To get some tire-spinning momentum at the start, the engine had to be revved up and the clutch pedal banged out.’
    • ‘He replied by revving the engine and pushing them past the speed limit.’
    • ‘Or do you think your neighbor would rev up her chainsaw just to shut you up?’
    • ‘Counsel Barbara McLernon said she felt people would be more tolerant if wagon drivers moderated their speed and stopped revving their vehicles.’
    • ‘MC for the night, Dean Gorry revved up the crowd with his lightening wit.’
    • ‘I wrenched my eyes away from the disgustingly happy couple, hopped in my car, revved the engine and sped away.’
    • ‘He was out there starting each vehicle and revving the engines, letting them idle.’
    • ‘Then there's us, the young drivers who love driving — some of course are bad, drive too fast, rev the engine annoyingly and drive recklessly.’
    • ‘Increasing your activity will rev up your metabolism so you can burn more calories.’
    • ‘Jake revved his bike and popped a wheelie and zoomed between several cars.’
    • ‘One of our favorite stories is when we were getting onto Sunrise Highway late one evening and a Camaro rolled up next to us and started revving his engine, well you can imagine the rest.’
    1. 1.1[no object](of an engine or vehicle) operate with increasing speed when the accelerator is pressed, especially while the clutch is disengaged.
      ‘he could hear the sound of an engine revving nearby’
      • ‘From the darkened bar from which I dictate this missive, I can hear the starter engines revving up!’
      • ‘Sales engines are revving up at the major brewers in reaction to the poll.’
      • ‘The enormous crowd around the enclosure was screaming cheerily, the car engines were revving up and the propane was spitting menacing proportions of heat.’
      • ‘The engines began revving up again ten minutes later.’
      • ‘Soon she heard the ferocious sound of an engine revving up across the way.’
      • ‘Putting up his laptop, he hopped back on the bike and revved off.’
      • ‘As he left the pub, the victim heard the sound of car engines revving up, causing excessive noise.’
      • ‘The car revved and we went soaring down the street.’
      • ‘Other engines are revving up, including capital spending, inventory building, and exports.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, motoring fans were revved up for action when they lined the streets of Castleisland.’
      • ‘The Green Machine's engine was revving even before kick-off as table-topping Melrose made the short trip down to Hawick.’
      • ‘And the Democratic base was as revved up as it possibly could have been this year.’
      • ‘The sound effects of the car's engines revving up and down is okay, but doesn't provide the high-decibel wow it could.’
      • ‘The youngsters are revving up the engines of Polaris snowmobiles retrofitted with wheels, anticipating a race to third base.’
      • ‘Jeremy put his hand on the pad and the car revved to life.’
      • ‘Motors revving, we lined up to take turns cruising at cautious speeds across the practice area, which was basically a blanket of dirt.’
      • ‘Once the school year revved up again, though, you both got way busy.’
      • ‘My father likes to tell the story of how on Saturday mornings you could find Bryan kicking a ball against the garage door, revving up his competitive engine as he waited for his ride to the game.’
      • ‘As NASCAR's network partners prepare for the upcoming season, Turner Sports is revving up for its role as the producer of the motor sport's Web site.’
      • ‘The driver dumped my skis in the dark and revved off to California.’
    2. 1.2Make or become more active or energetic.
      [no object] ‘he's revving up for next week's World Cup game’
      [with object] ‘we need to rev up the economy’
      • ‘The atmosphere was electric as the bands revved up and spectators cheered their favorites.’
      • ‘The economy is flush, and the Bush campaign is revved up and going strong.’
      • ‘Now you're revved up to move forward on projects.’
      • ‘You can also pop in an exercise video to get revved up.’
      • ‘It's been fun to watch the kids getting revved up over this.’
      • ‘Athens may be a year away but it's never too early to rev up the marketing bandwagon.’
      • ‘She suddenly revs frantically into life.’
      • ‘Even as the Continent's economy revs up, one of the pillars that supports Europe's monetary union is looking distinctly shaky.’
      • ‘But there's nothing like partisanship to rev up the faithful, so the president and friends are framing Republicans as tools of big business.’
      • ‘It was a period when Singapore revved up our industrialisation and urban rebuilding.’
      • ‘The binding efficiency index comes out to just under 12, which is nothing to get revved up about.’
      • ‘Tuesdays are the slowest day of the week for most malls and multiplexes, so any promo that revs up sales would be welcome.’
      • ‘We have two very different characters and I have every intention of revving them up in an effort to extract the maximum from them.’
      • ‘We're just getting revved up.’
      • ‘And these projects could take a long time to start up at a time when we need to rev up the economy quickly.’
      • ‘Why not rev up your brain cells by doing stuff that'll enrich you?’
      • ‘"I'm glad you asked me that, Mister," the boy says, revving up for his pitch.’
      • ‘By mid week, Merrimac had no pledges on the board, but lighting manager Dan Folding is revving up the forces.’
      • ‘Manorlands is revving up for a fundraising feast.’
      • ‘This simple focusing exercise reinforces resolve and revs up the part of the nervous system responsible for relaxation.’


Early 20th century: abbreviation of revolution.