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adjective ro·ta·ry \ˈrō-tə-rē\

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



ROTARY Defined for English Language Learners

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rotary

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adjective ro·ta·ry \ˈrō-tə-rē\

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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