rotation

noun
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

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Other Words from rotation

rotational \ rō-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce rotational (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.
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After a strong spring with the Mariners, the 22-year-old appears just about ready to step into the big-league rotation. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Names to watch: Breaking down the Mariners’ Top 15 prospects for 2019," 27 Mar. 2019 With Seth McClung moving into the rotation at the big-league level, the Brewers were covered and could afford to let Weaver go. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thirteen things you may have forgotten about Milwaukee's acquisition of CC Sabathia 10 years ago," 6 July 2018 Mattingly said ideally Brett Graves would remain a reliever for the time being and not move into the rotation. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins’ 17-year old second-round draft choice signs, shows home run power potential," 25 June 2018 Evans can essentially take Nick Young’s roster spot, become a go-to shooter off the bench and work his way into the rotation as a defensive contributor. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "2018 N.B.A. Draft Results: Analysis of Every Pick in Round 1," 21 June 2018 Those food items students enjoyed the best will be added into the cafeteria rotation next month, Jenkins said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Students have say in Calumet high school's lunch choices," 26 Apr. 2018 These American rotations end and the fighters go home, leaving the Polish air force on its own. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "It Looks Like A U.S. Air Base Is Coming To Poland," 13 Mar. 2019 Unlimited subscribers pay $159 a month (with a $99 trial month) to rent up to four designer items at a time on a constant rotation. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "West Elm Has Partnered With Rent the Runway So You Can Try Unlimited Home Decor," 7 Mar. 2019 While the roster is far from set, Servais confirmed that Felix Hernandez will be in the starting rotation to start the season. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners manager Scott Servais addresses allegations of racism from Dr. Lorena Martin," 11 Dec. 2018

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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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rotation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rotation

: 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

noun
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

rotation

noun
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 rotational (audio) \ adjective

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