- pertaining to or of the nature of rotation: rotatory motion.
- rotating, as an object.
- passing or following in rotation or succession.
- causing rotation, as a muscle.
Origin of rotatory
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Examples from the Web for rotatory
It will have a rotatory motion; and this it has been seen to have.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
In this rotatory motion they aid themselves by using the legs freely.The Hunters' Feast
That, as I understand it, is a stationary, while this is a rotatory system.The Monikins
J. Fenimore Cooper
Was it necessary, therefore, to suppose a second, a kind of rotatory movement?Everyday Objects
W. H. Davenport Adams
The radius and ulna are not ankylosed, but are incapable of any rotatory movement.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
less commonly rotative (ˈrəʊtətɪv)
- of, relating to, possessing, or causing rotation
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- Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by rotation.
- Occurring or proceeding in alternation or succession.
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