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

  • adj. Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by rotation: a rotary muscle.
  • adj. Occurring or proceeding in alternation or succession.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, pertaining to, or causing rotation
  • adj. alternate or successive

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Turning as on an axis; rotary.
  • adj. Going in a circle; following in rotation or succession.
  • adj. Producing rotation of the plane of polarization. See the Note under polarization.
  • n. A rotifer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. In zoology, a rotatorian or rotifer.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic or causing an axial or orbital turn

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