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rotary

[ roh-tuh-ree ]
/ ˈroʊ tə ri /
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Definition of rotary

adjective
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.
noun, plural ro·ta·ries.
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Origin of rotary

1725–35; <Medieval Latin rotārius (adj.), equivalent to Latin rot(a) wheel + -ārius-ary

OTHER WORDS FROM rotary

un·ro·ta·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rotary

rotary
/ (ˈrəʊtərɪ) /

adjective
of, relating to, or operating by rotation
turning or able to turn; revolving
noun plural -ries
a part of a machine that rotates about an axis
US and Canadian a roundabout (for traffic)

Word Origin for rotary

C18: from Medieval Latin rotārius, from Latin rota a wheel
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