Definition of Rotary

1. Noun. A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island. "The accident blocked all traffic at the rotary"

Exact synonyms: Circle, Roundabout, Traffic Circle
Generic synonyms: Junction
Group relationships: Road, Route

2. Adjective. Relating to or characterized by rotation. "Rotary dial"
Partainyms: Rotation

3. Noun. Electrical converter consisting of a synchronous machine that converts alternating to direct current or vice versa.

4. Adjective. Describing a circle; moving in a circle. "The circular motion of the wheel"
Exact synonyms: Circular, Orbitual
Similar to: Cyclic, Cyclical
Derivative terms: Circle, Circle

Definition of Rotary

1. a. Turning, as a wheel on its axis; pertaining to, or resembling, the motion of a wheel on its axis; rotatory; as, rotary motion.

Definition of Rotary

1. Adjective. Having or being capable of having rotation. ¹

2. Noun. (context: New England) A traffic circle. ¹

3. Noun. Usually with a capital initial, short for Rotary movement, an international club for community service. ¹

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Definition of Rotary

1. a rotating part or device [n -RIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rotary

rot in jail
rotary (current term)
rotary actuator
rotary converter
rotary dial
rotary engine
rotary engines
rotary evaporator
rotary joint
rotary motion
rotary phone
rotary phones
rotary press
rotary printing press
rotary subluxation of scaphoid
rotary wing

Literary usage of Rotary

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1. A Descriptive and Historical Account of Hydraulic and Other Machines for by Thomas Ewbank (1842)
"rotary Pumps. the pistons descend,tte valve on the suction pipe closes, and the solid ¡listini drives the •water in its cylinder through the hollow one in ..."

2. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1915)
"At that time, the rotary was but little known in California and its proposed introduction met with considerable criticism on the part of the operators and ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1890)
"Accordingly, various attempts had been made to perform the work done by the old hand tool with rotary cutters operated by machinery. ..."

4. Experimental Electrical Engineering and Manual for Electrical Testing for by Vladimir Karapetoff (1911)
"This is the way in which rotary converters are used in railway work. ... rotary converters are provided with two, three, four or six slip-rings, ..."

5. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1909)
"rotary Converters TRANSMISSION March 22, 1907. 15500 w. Pro Am Inst of Elec Engrs—Oct., ... 93022 D. Voltage Variation in rotary Converters. FD Newbury. ..."

6. A Descriptive and Historical Account of Hydraulic and Other Machines for by Thomas Ewbank (1849)
"... Antipater—Ancie \ opinion respecting circular motions—Advantages of rotary motions exemplified in various machines Operations of spinning and weaving; ..."

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