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rotary

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adjective ro·ta·ry \ˈrō-tə-rē\

Definition of rotary

  1. 1a :  turning on an axis like a wheelb :  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

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Origin and Etymology of rotary

Medieval Latin rotarius, from Latin rota wheel


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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

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First Known Use of rotary

1836



ROTARY Defined for English Language Learners

rotary

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Definition of rotary for English Language Learners

  • : turning around a central point like a wheel

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


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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