turning or capable of turning around on an axis, as a wheel.
taking place around an axis, as motion.
having a part or parts that turn on an axis, as a machine.
- un·ro·ta·ry, adjective
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How to use rotary in a sentence
If you’re looking for a more specific tool kit, one for model making and fine detail, you’ll need a great rotary tool.Best tool combo kits: Take on any project with these power tool sets | Florie Korani | August 14, 2021 | Popular-Science
“From the old rotary phone that they were on a waiting list for, to the scooter they all piled on to for a monthly dinner,” — in interviews, Pichai often discusses the impact that technology has had on his own life.The July core update is “effectively complete”; Tuesday’s daily brief | George Nguyen | July 13, 2021 | Search Engine Land
After dialing the number on a rotary phone he hears distressed sounds coming from the other end before the line abruptly clicks off.‘Genesis Noir’: A stunning game about love, murder, joy and the Big Bang | Christopher Byrd | April 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Brainard suspected that the engineer was confusing roundabouts with the much larger, higher-speed rotaries — a forgivable confusion, given the nomenclature.
The rotary and foil blades in waterproof models may not get quite as close to the skin as regular disposable razors, but they will get you smoother than most dry electric shavers.Best electric shaver: Get a smooth shave with our picks | Jeremy Helligar | December 18, 2020 | Popular-Science
Inquiries will be accepted only via Western Union telegram or rotary phone.
Bob Bashara was a married rotary Club president who lived in a ritzy Detroit suburb.
There's an old rotary phone and a few yellowed papers on a cluttered old wooden desk.
“I think for sure he will,” said Kit Jennings, treasurer of the Spartanburg rotary Club, which Perry addressed Tuesday.
The thwap-thwap-thwap of rotary wings above triggered an intense reaction in Army trauma surgeon Dr. (Maj.) Tara Dixon.
The rotary tuner shown in the sketch was designed by a correspondent of Modern Electrics.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
The Gnome rotary engine was first used with success at this meeting.Aviation in Peace and War | Sir Frederick Hugh Sykes
The first steam engine invented by Hero was a rotary engine, but it was of course, most uneconomical of steam.Invention | Bradley A. Fiske
They not unfrequently acquire a rotary movement, whereby the circumference attains a velocity of several miles per hour.The Book of Curiosities | I. Platts
It is by this means that the reciprocating movement of the piston is transformed into a rotary motion of the crank-shaft.Aviation Engines | Victor Wilfred Pag
British Dictionary definitions for rotary
of, relating to, or operating by rotation
turning or able to turn; revolving
a part of a machine that rotates about an axis
US and Canadian a roundabout (for traffic)
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