[ roh-tey-ter or, esp. British, roh-tey- ]
/ ˈroʊ teɪ tər or, esp. British, roʊˈteɪ- /

noun, plural ro·ta·tors for 1, 3, ro·ta·tor·es [roh-tuh-tawr-eez, -tohr-] /ˌroʊ təˈtɔr iz, -ˈtoʊr-/ for 2.

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

1670–80; < Latin rotātor, equivalent to rotā(re) (see rotate1) + -tor -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for rotatores

/ (rəʊˈteɪtə) /


a person, device, or part that rotates or causes rotation
anatomy any of various muscles that revolve a part on its axis
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Medicine definitions for rotatores

[ rōtā′tər ]


A muscle that serves to rotate a part of the body.
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