- to cause to turn around an axis or center point; revolve.
- to cause to go through a cycle of changes; cause to pass or follow in a fixed routine of succession: to rotate farm crops.
- to replace (a person, troops, etc.) by another or others, usually according to a schedule or plan.
- to turn around on or as if on an axis.
- to proceed in a fixed routine of succession: The sentries rotated in keeping watch.
Origin of rotate1
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Examples from the Web for rotating
Causeway Bay has rotating illustrations inspired by clashes with the police.The Monuments Men of Occupy Hong Kong
December 4, 2014
A museum-like sign on the wall claims this was Escobar's cell and that the circular slab was where he had his rotating, round bed.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
Even then, only one painting was put on display, rotating every few weeks.Schnabel Is Back With a Comprehensive Survey at the Brant Foundation
November 13, 2013
Other times, the job stays here but is filled by a rotating cadre of H-1Bs.Legal Outsourcing Within the United States
April 1, 2013
But Togo happens to hold a rotating seat on the UN Security Council.Hillary's Farewell Speech: Read the Transcript
The Daily Beast
February 1, 2013
They don't fall into each other because they are rotating about each other.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
A rotating brush was used to keep the belt clean at the dumping end.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
And they used their rotating magnetic field, which we couldn't feel.The Ultimate Weapon
John Wood Campbell
But of course it was himself that was rotating—boots over head.The Planet Strappers
Raymond Zinke Gallun
These nebulous rings, too, became condensed into rotating balls.The History of Creation, Vol. I (of 2)
- revolving around a central axis, line, or pointthe rotating blades of a helicopter
- passing in turn to each of two or more eligible partiesthe rotating presidency of the EU
- to turn or cause to turn around an axis, line, or point; revolve or spin
- to follow or cause to follow a set order or sequence
- (of a position, presidency, etc) to pass in turn from one eligible party to each of the other eligible parties
- (of staff) to replace or be replaced in turn
- botany designating a corolla the united petals of which radiate from a central point like the spokes of a wheel
Word Origin and History for rotating
1794, intransitive, back-formation from rotation. Transitive sense from 1823. Related: Rotated; rotating. Rotator "muscle which allows a part to be moved circularly" is recorded from 1670s.