ro·​ta·​tion | \ rō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce rotation (audio) \

Definition of rotation

1a(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
2a : return or succession in a series rotation of the seasons
3 : the turning of a body part about its long axis as if on a pivot
4 : a game of pool in which all 15 object balls are shot in numerical order
5 : the series of pitchers on a baseball team who regularly start successive games in turn

Other Words from rotation

rotational \ rō-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce rotation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of rotation in a Sentence

the rotation of the Earth around its axis the rotation of the Moon around the Earth The Earth makes one rotation every day. Alfalfa and corn are planted in rotation. the rotation of the job of club president The car needs a tire rotation. See More
Recent Examples on the Web After that, the Tigers consider bringing him back into the starting rotation. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2022 Given Allen’s defensive limitations and minimal offensive contributions, Budenholzer could consider integrating guard Jevon Carter back into the rotation. Globe Staff,, 14 May 2022 And, that, in turn could get Duncan Robinson back into the rotation, with Victor Oladipo taking Gabe Vincent’s role as the backup point guard. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 10 May 2022 In no way would Elleby work his way into the regular rotation next season. oregonlive, 6 May 2022 Allen will report to the Orioles big league club and could work his way into the starting rotation. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 5 May 2022 Utah, ranked No. 1 on the beam, was ahead of Alabama for the second-place spot by just 0.1375 going into the final rotation after the Utes had a surprisingly subpar effort on the uneven bars. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 Since arriving on campus, the 6-foot-1, 174-pound cornerback has been pushing the Tigers’ veterans — Nehemiah Pritchett and Jaylin Simpson — for first-team reps and, at the very least, gives Auburn a third cover corner to work into the rotation. Tom Green |, al, 8 Apr. 2022 Dylan Cease made big strides and Michael Kopech moves back into the rotation after spending last season mostly in the bullpen. Lamond Pope,, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rotation

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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The first known use of rotation was circa 1550

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22 May 2022

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“Rotation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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ro·​ta·​tion | \ rō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce rotation (audio) \

Kids Definition of rotation

1 : the act of turning about an axis
2 : the system of growing different crops in the same field usually in a regular order


ro·​ta·​tion | \ rō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce rotation (audio) \

Medical Definition of rotation

: 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

Other Words from rotation

rotational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce rotation (audio) \ adjective

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