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I wonder whether there is any specific word for the full circle clock rotation.

I mean when any of the clock hands rotates 360 degrees clockwise.

I am using the term "lap" now, but I am not sure if this is a right word to use in this case.

I would be grateful for any variants.

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    'Revolution' is the usual term. This would be found if you checked for synonyms of 'rotation' (eg at Thesaurus.com), but has the more precise sense too. CED, for instance, gives: << revolution noun (CIRCULAR MOVEMENT) ​ (a) [ S ] a circular movement: The revolution of the earth around the sun was proposed by Copernicus. ​ (b) [ C ] one complete circular movement of something, for example a wheel: Engine speed can be measured in revolutions per minute (abbreviation rpm). >> – Edwin Ashworth Aug 22 '17 at 7:24
  • "Revolution" is not bad but you could also say "full sweep": After a full sweep of the minute hand, etc. – aparente001 Aug 23 '17 at 3:46
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Couldn't you just refer to the amount of time that has passed?

I can't think of a context in which I would say 'one revolution/lap of the minute hand" instead of just saying one hour.

I would do the same mutatis mutandis for any other hand on any other clock.

  • I am using this in a more technical context, so precise time is not so important. – solderingiron Aug 22 '17 at 7:56

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