Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Chiefly British A roll call or roster of names.
  • noun Chiefly British A round or rotation of duties.
  • noun Roman Catholic Church A tribunal of prelates that serves as an ecclesiastical court.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A wheel.
  • noun A course, turn, or routine.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In music, same as round, or any variety of piece in which repeats are frequent.
  • noun 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.
  • noun [capitalized] An ecclesiastical tribunal in the Roman Catholic Church, having its seat at the papal court.
  • noun Same as rote, in either of its senses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An ecclesiastical court of Rome, called also Rota Romana, that takes cognizance of suits by appeal. It consists of twelve members.
  • noun (Eng. Hist.) 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.
  • noun (Mus.) A species of zither, played like a guitar, used in the Middle Ages in church music; -- written also rotta.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music A kind of zither, played like a guitar, used in the Middle Ages in church music.
  • noun UK A schedule that allocates some task, responsibility or (rarely) privilege between a set of people according to a (possibly periodic) calendar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (Roman Catholic Church) the supreme ecclesiastical tribunal for cases appealed to the Holy See from diocesan courts
  • noun a roster of names showing the order in which people should perform certain duties

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin, wheel; see ret- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin rota ("wheel").

Examples

  • Many speculators have suggested that the Latin word rota ` wheel 'is the Tarot's origin.

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  • Four years later, the tournament formerly known as the Westchester Classic but now called The Barclays has settled on what the British Open calls a rota: a regular slate of courses, in this case four, that will stage the event in successive years.

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  • • Participate in Out of Hours on-call rota as required

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  • • Participate in Out of Hours on-call rota as required

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  • Ted Wilson, chaplain to the fire department, recalls the rota of fast food chains and local pizza joints providing endless free meals for rescue workers and the vigils of those who hoped for news of loved ones, often in vain.

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  • As well as leading technical management of their portfolio applications the post holder will be expected to be sufficiently familiar with all other Healthcare applications to enable them to support a technical on-call rota

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  • As well as leading technical management of their portfolio applications the post holder will be expected to be sufficiently familiar with all other Healthcare applications to enable them to support a technical on-call rota

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  • Ted Wilson, chaplain to the fire department, recalls the rota of fast food chains and local pizza joints providing endless free meals for rescue workers and the vigils of those who hoped for news of loved ones, often in vain.

    The Guardian World News

  • The Beachy Head chaplaincy team, made up of local church members, patrols the cliff area and operates an on-call rota to offer counselling.

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  • Cornaro, auditor of the 'rota', with the intention of making my way into good society, but fearing lest he as a Venetian might get compromised, he introduced me to Cardinal Passionei, who spoke of me to the sovereign pontiff.

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