rotation vector

A vector quantity whose magnitude is proportional to the amount or speed of a rotation, and whose direction is perpendicular to the plane of that rotation (following the right-hand rule). Spin vectors, for example, are rotation vectors.

Nearby words

  1. rotating,
  2. rotation,
  3. rotation axis,
  4. rotation flap,
  5. rotation of axes,
  6. rotation-inversion axis,
  7. rotational,
  8. rotational molding,
  9. rotational nystagmus,
  10. rotational quantum number

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