rotary

1 of 2

adjective

ro·​ta·​ry ˈrō-tə-rē How to pronounce rotary (audio)
1
a
: turning on an axis like a wheel
b
: taking place about an axis
rotary motion
2
: having an important part that turns on an axis
rotary cutter
3
: characterized by rotation
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

rotary

2 of 2

noun

plural rotaries
1
: a rotary machine
2
: a road junction formed around a central circle about which traffic moves in one direction only

called also circle, traffic circle

Examples of rotary in a Sentence

Adjective the rotary action of the wheel
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Rotating: Also known as rotary sprinklers, rotating models, like the GrowGreen Sprinkler, usually have two to four water spouting arms that turn, spraying water around in a circular pattern. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 July 2024 The advantage is slight; in typical mowing conditions, a rotary mower and a mulching mower perform equally well. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 June 2024
Noun
The flags were taken from the rotary at the center of Carlisle near the intersection of Lowell Street, Bedford Road and Westford Road, the Carlisle Police Department said in a news release Friday. Thao Nguyen, USA TODAY, 3 June 2024 Every year, crews driving snow plows with giant rotary blades clear the two roads, facing massive snow drifts and avalanche risks. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for rotary 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Medieval Latin rotarius, from Latin rota wheel

First Known Use

Adjective

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rotary was in 1704

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Cite this Entry

“Rotary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rotary. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

rotary

1 of 2 adjective
ro·​ta·​ry ˈrōt-ə-rē How to pronounce rotary (audio)
1
a
: turning on an axis like a wheel
a rotary blade
b
: taking place about an axis
rotary motion
2
: having a rotating part
a rotary lawn mower

rotary

2 of 2 noun
plural rotaries
1
: a rotary machine
2
: a road junction formed around a central circle about which traffic moves in one direction only
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