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rotary

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adjective ro·ta·ry \ˈrō-tə-rē\

Simple Definition of rotary

  • : turning around a central point like a wheel

  • : having a part that turns around a central point like a wheel

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rotary

  1. 1 a :  turning on an axis like a wheel b :  taking place about an axis <rotary motion>

  2. 2 :  having an important part that turns on an axis <rotary cutter>

  3. 3 :  characterized by rotation

  4. 4 :  of, relating to, or being a press in which paper is printed by rotation in contact with a curved printing surface attached to a cylinder

Examples of rotary in a sentence

  1. the rotary action of the wheel



Origin and Etymology of rotary

Medieval Latin rotarius, from Latin rota wheel


First Known Use: circa 1731


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rotary

noun ro·ta·ry

Definition of rotary

plural

rotaries

  1. 1 :  a rotary machine

  2. 2 :  a road junction formed around a central circle about which traffic moves in one direction only —called also circle, traffic circle



Circa 1888

First Known Use of rotary

circa 1888

Rhymes with rotary



ROTARY Defined for Kids

rotary

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adjective ro·ta·ry \ˈrō-tə-rē\

Definition of rotary for Students

  1. 1 :  turning on an axis like a wheel <a rotary blade>

  2. 2 :  having a rotating part




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