- the movement or path of the earth or a heavenly body turning on its axis.
- one complete turn of such a body.
Origin of rotation
Related Words for rotationorbit, cycle, gyration, circle, revolution, circumvolution, torque, vortex, turn, eddy, succession, spin, turning
Examples from the Web for rotation
Contemporary Examples of rotation
Following one week of “R&R,” the team will spend one more six-week rotation in the ETU before entering a three-week isolation.$10,000 a Month for Ebola Fighters
October 7, 2014
"Palmer always keeps his word," beamed Weaver, putting the right hander back in the rotation.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Others who will join the rotation include Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Stacy Keach, and Carol Burnett.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More
September 11, 2014
Of course, that relates to the other rotation of the spin herethat she was difficult and demanding.The Hypocrisy Behind The New York Times’s Abrupt Decapitation of Jill Abramson
May 18, 2014
Ten stand, eight sleep, then eight different men sleep, all in a rotation.Al Jazeera Journo Abdullah El-Shamy Goes On Hunger Strike In Egyptian Jail
March 29, 2014
Historical Examples of rotation
I must wait the rotation of the list, and there are twenty names before mine.The Letters of Robert Burns
If the direction of the boat is to be reversed, the rotation of the paddle-wheels is reversed.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
The periods of rotation of the ball and of the ring were also fixed.Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works
Edward Singleton Holden
Stop the rotation, and the atom would be annihilated for the same reason.
This rotation in the ether is produced by what is going on in the wire.
- a circular motion of a configuration about a given point or line, without a change in shape
- a transformation in which the coordinate axes are rotated by a fixed angle about the origin
- another name for curl (def. 11) Abbreviation (for sense 4c): rot
- the spinning motion of a body, such as a planet, about an internal axisCompare revolution (def. 5a)
- one complete turn in such motion
1550s, from Latin rotationem (nominative rotatio) "a turning about in a circle," noun of action from past participle stem of rotare "turn round, revolve, whirl about, roll," from PIE *roto- (see rotary).