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 somethingb : 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 seasonsb : crop rotation
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
rotationalplay \-shnəl, -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.
Recent Examples of rotation from the Web
With 23 players signed up for Hersey's summer basketball program, Messer said his team is in a good place despite losing its top 10 rotation players from last season.
What’s an Apple These books have been on heavy read-aloud rotation in my home lately.
King and redshirt freshman A.J. Rose seem likely to take those two spots in the rotation with Benny Snell also seeing more carries than his team-high 186 from last season.
Lake Elsinore’s rotation will lose a few arms to promotions before too long.
Colin Ensalaco, Sandburg, senior, outside hitter: Ensalaco put down 302 kills and 30 aces as one of the top six-rotation players in the state.
The Gators will have had two extra days of rest along with one less game, so managing the pitching rotation may be a challenge for the Cards.
For only the second time in nine starts this season, Rosario had an extra day of rest in the RailCats' four-man rotation and notched his first win since June 4.
But here’s the twist: Eileen Jones is no righty coveting a rotation spot in the Fox News greenroom.
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First Known Use of rotation
ROTATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rotation for English Language Learners
: 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
ROTATION Defined for Kids
Definition of rotation for Students
1 : the act of turning about an axis
2 : the system of growing different crops in the same field usually in a regular order
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
rotational\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective
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