rotation

noun

ro·​ta·​tion rō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce rotation (audio)
1
a(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
2
a
: 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
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.
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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of rotation was circa 1550

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Cite this Entry

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

Kids Definition

rotation

noun
ro·​ta·​tion rō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce rotation (audio)
1
a
: the act of rotating especially on an axis
b
: one complete turn
2
rotational
-shnəl How to pronounce rotation (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

Medical Definition

rotation

noun
ro·​ta·​tion rō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce rotation (audio)
: 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 adjective

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