Rotatory
Rotatory Ro"ta*to*ry, n. (Zo["o]l.) A rotifer. [R.] --Kirby. [1913 Webster]

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  • Rotatory — Ro ta*to*ry, a. [Cf. F. rotatoire. See {Rotate}, {Rotary}.] 1. Turning as on an axis; rotary. [1913 Webster] 2. Going in a circle; following in rotation or succession; as, rotatory assembles. Burke. [1913 Webster] 3. (Opt.) Producing rotation of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rotatory — [rō′tə tôr΄ē] adj. 1. of, or having the nature of, rotation 2. that rotates; rotary 3. going or following in rotation 4. causing rotation …   English World dictionary

  • rotatory — /roh teuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. 1. pertaining to or of the nature of rotation: rotatory motion. 2. rotating, as an object. 3. passing or following in rotation or succession. 4. causing rotation, as a muscle. [1745 55; < NL rotatorius, equiv. to …   Universalium

  • rotatory — ro•ta•to•ry [[t]ˈroʊ təˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i[/t]] adj. 1) cv pertaining to, of the nature of, or causing rotation: rotatory motion[/ex] 2) rotating, as an object 3) passing or following in rotation or succession • Etymology: 1745–55; < NL rotātōrius …   From formal English to slang

  • rotatory — /ˈroʊtətri/ (say rohtuhtree), /roʊˈteɪtəri/ (say roh taytuhree) adjective 1. relating to or of the nature of rotation: rotatory motion. 2. rotating, as an object. 3. passing or following in rotation or succession. 4. causing rotation, as a muscle …   Australian English dictionary

  • rotatory — rotary, rotatory Both are 18c formations and each has a wide range of uses, but in current use rotary is much commoner …   Modern English usage

  • rotatory — rotate ► VERB 1) move in a circle round an axis. 2) move or pass on in a regularly recurring order or succession. 3) grow (different crops) in succession on a particular piece of land. DERIVATIVES rotatable adjective rotatory adjective. ORIGIN… …   English terms dictionary

  • rotatory — adjective Date: 1741 1. of, relating to, or producing rotation 2. occurring in rotation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • rotatory — adjective a) of, pertaining to, or causing rotation b) alternate or successive …   Wiktionary

  • rotatory — ro·ta·to·ry rōt ə .tōr ē, .tȯr ,Brit t(ə )rēalso rō tā tə rē adj of, relating to, or producing rotation * * * ro·ta·to·ry (ro″tə torґe) occurring in or caused by rotation …   Medical dictionary

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