[roh-tey-ter or, esp. British, roh-tey-]
- a person or thing that rotates.
- Anatomy. a muscle serving to rotate a part of the body.
- Nautical. a bladed device streamed to rotate in the water to actuate a patent log.
Origin of rotator
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Examples from the Web for rotator
Hours later I boarded my rotator, the contracted plane overseas.How I’ll End the War: The Trip Over to Afghanistan
April 23, 2014
The patent or towing log consists of a dial, line and rotator.Lectures in Navigation
Ernest Gallaudet Draper
Turn the rotator rapidly, holding the corner of a piece of stiff paper against the holes in the disk.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
The person who conducts the ceremony, which is undertaken from choice, is called the rotator of the demon.Ten Thousand Wonderful Things
Edmund Fillingham King
Name given to two projections on the upper extremities of the femur, which give attachment to the rotator muscles of the thigh.A Practical Physiology
Albert F. Blaisdell
Alexander Bain in 1846 suggested enclosing the wheelwork in the rotator.
- a person, device, or part that rotates or causes rotation
- anatomy any of various muscles that revolve a part on its axis
- A muscle that serves to rotate a part of the body.
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