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noun ro·ta·tion \rō-ˈtā-shən\

Simple Definition of rotation

  • : the act or process of moving or turning around a central point

  • : a complete turn around a central point

  • : the act of regularly changing something by replacing it with something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rotation

  1. 1 a (1) :  the action or process of rotating on or as if on an axis or center (2) :  the act or an instance of rotating something b :  one complete turn :  the angular displacement required to return a rotating body or figure to its original orientation

  2. 2 a :  return or succession in a series <rotation of the seasons> b :  crop rotation

  3. 3 :  the turning of a body part about its long axis as if on a pivot

  4. 4 :  a game of pool in which all 15 object balls are shot in numerical order

  5. 5 :  the series of pitchers on a baseball team who regularly start successive games in turn


play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of rotation in a sentence

  1. the rotation of the Earth around its axis

  2. the rotation of the Moon around the Earth

  3. The Earth makes one rotation every day.

  4. Alfalfa and corn are planted in rotation.

  5. the rotation of the job of club president

  6. The car needs a tire rotation.


First Known Use of rotation


Rhymes with rotation

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ROTATION Defined for Kids


noun ro·ta·tion \rō-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of rotation for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of turning about an axis

  2. 2 :  the system of growing different crops in the same field usually in a regular order

Medical Dictionary


noun ro·ta·tion \rō-ˈtā-shən\

Medical Definition of rotation

  1. :  the action or process of rotating on or as if on an axis or center; specifically :  the turning of a body part about its long axis as if on a pivot <rotation of the head to look over the shoulder>


\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective

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