pertaining to or of the nature of rotation: rotatory motion.
rotating, as an object.
passing or following in rotation or succession.
causing rotation, as a muscle.
- un·ro·ta·to·ry, adjective
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How to use rotatory in a sentence
This product is dextro-rotatory; the laevo and inactive modifications occur in the so-called baldrianic camphor.
I have had no experience of the rotatory movements of earthquakes.
This serious objection has been removed by imparting, by means of clock-work, a uniform rotatory motion to the reflector.Smeaton and Lighthouses | John Smeaton
Yes truly, few men that worship by the rotatory Calabash of the Calmucks do it in half so great, frank or effectual a way.Past and Present | Thomas Carlyle
Few men that worship by the rotatory Calabash, do it in half so great, frank or effectual a way.Past and Present | Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for rotatory
of, relating to, possessing, or causing rotation
- rotatively, adverb
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