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

  • adjective Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by rotation.
  • adjective Occurring or proceeding in alternation or succession.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of, pertaining to, or effecting rotation; turning or causing to turn about or upon an axis or support; relating to motion from or about a fixed point or center: opposed to reciprocatory.
  • Going about in a recurrent series; moving from point to point; following in succession: as, rotatory assemblies.
  • In zoology, rotatorial or rotiferal, as a wheel-animalcule.
  • In anatomy, causing rotation: as, a rotatory muscle.
  • noun In zoology, a rotatorian or rotifer.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.), rare A rotifer.
  • adjective Turning as on an axis; rotary.
  • adjective Going in a circle; following in rotation or succession.
  • adjective (Opt.) Producing rotation of the plane of polarization. See the Note under polarization.

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

  • adjective of, pertaining to, or causing rotation
  • adjective alternate or successive

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

  • adjective of or relating to or characteristic or causing an axial or orbital turn

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