from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A roll call or roster of names.
- n. Chiefly British A round or rotation of duties.
- n. Roman Catholic Church A tribunal of prelates that serves as an ecclesiastical court.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A schedule that allocates some task, responsibility or (rarely) privilege between a set of people according to a (possibly periodic) calendar.
- n. A kind of zither, played like a guitar, used in the Middle Ages in church music.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ecclesiastical court of Rome, called also Rota Romana, that takes cognizance of suits by appeal. It consists of twelve members.
- n. A short-lived political club established in 1659 by J.Harrington to inculcate the democratic doctrine of election of the principal officers of the state by ballot, and the annual retirement of a portion of Parliament.
- n. A species of zither, played like a guitar, used in the Middle Ages in church music; -- written also rotta.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wheel.
- n. A course, turn, or routine.
- n. A roll or list; a school-roll, a military roll, a roll of jurors, or the like, showing the order of call or of turns of duty.
- n. In music, same as round, or any variety of piece in which repeats are frequent.
- n. A reliquary or other receptacle of circular form, ornamented with a cross whose arms reach the outer rim so that the whole resembles a wheel.
- n. [capitalized] An ecclesiastical tribunal in the Roman Catholic Church, having its seat at the papal court.
- n. Same as rote, in either of its senses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Roman Catholic Church) the supreme ecclesiastical tribunal for cases appealed to the Holy See from diocesan courts
- n. a roster of names showing the order in which people should perform certain duties
Latin, wheel; see ret- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin rota ("wheel"). (Wiktionary)