rotary
I. adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin rotarius, from Latin rota wheel Date: circa 1731 1. a. turning on an axis like a wheel b. taking place about an axis <
rotary motion
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2. having an important part that turns on an axis <
rotary cutter
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3. characterized by rotation 4. of, relating to, or being a press in which paper is printed by rotation in contact with a curved printing surface attached to a cylinder II. noun (plural -ries) Date: circa 1888 1. a rotary machine 2. a road junction formed around a central circle about which traffic moves in one direction only — called also circle, traffic circle

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