noun, plural ro·ta·ries.
- rotary beater,
- rotary clothesline,
- rotary club,
- rotary dial,
- rotary engine
Origin of rotary
Examples from the Web for rotary
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.
The thwap-thwap-thwap of rotary wings above triggered an intense reaction in Army trauma surgeon Dr. (Maj.) Tara Dixon.
She traveled to South Africa as a Rotary International Youth Ambassador and contracted malaria.
They have no jet aircraft—they rely on rotary wing aircraft.
The chief danger here lies in the rotary motion of the water at the sharpest bends.The Andes of Southern Peru|Isaiah Bowman
True it is that there is no need to worry over any such complicated systems as strength or rotary discards.Auction of To-day|Milton C. Work
This chain passed around a wheel, to which it consequently imparted a rotary motion.Peter Cooper|Rossiter W. Raymond
This adjustment for voltage is made by means of taps brought out from the primary coil to a rotary switch.The Radio Amateur's Hand Book|A. Frederick Collins
As the man pounded he found that when he gave the pestle a twirling or rotary motion as it fell it ground the grain much faster.Stories of Useful Inventions|Samuel Eagle Foreman
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for rotary
1731, from Medieval Latin rotarius "pertaining to wheels," from Latin rota "a wheel, a potter's wheel; wheel for torture," from PIE root *roto- "to run, to turn, to roll" (cf. Sanskrit rathah "car, chariot;" Avestan ratho; Lithuanian ratas "wheel," ritu "I roll;" Old High German rad, German Rad, Dutch rad, Old Frisian reth, Old Saxon rath, Old Irish roth, Welsh rhod "carriage wheel"). The international service club (founded by Paul P. Harris in Chicago in 1905) so called from the practice of clubs entertaining in rotation. Hence Rotarian (1911).