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  1. rotating or pertaining to rotation.
  2. producing rotation.
  3. happening in regular succession.
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Origin of rotative

1770–80; < Latin rotāt(us) (see rotate1) + -ive
Related formsro·ta·tive·ly [roh-tey-tiv-lee, -tuh-] /ˈroʊ teɪ tɪv li, -tə-/, adverbnon·ro·ta·tive, adjectiveun·ro·ta·tive, adjective
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Related Words for rotative

whirling, rotary, gyral, gyratory, rotational, rotative, rotatory, vortical, vorticose

Examples from the Web for rotative

Historical Examples of rotative

  • If it is a rotative engine, with a winding barrel, it will cost 270l.

    Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)

    Francis Trevithick

  • I do not say, "The tables turn because my fluid is rotative."

    Mysterious Psychic Forces

    Camille Flammarion

  • Rotative pumping engines of large size have a plunger speed of 90 ft. per minute.

  • Watt had perfected, with the aid of Murdoch, both the pumping-engine and the rotative steam-engine for application to mills.

  • The rotative speeds of turbines, operating under any given head, should thus increase as their capacities and diameters decrease.