Definition of Rotate

1. Verb. Turn on or around an axis or a center. "The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire"

Exact synonyms: Go Around, Revolve
Specialized synonyms: Drive In, Screw, Screw, Wheel, Wheel Around, Gyrate, Reel, Spin, Spin Around, Whirl, Swirl, Twiddle, Twirl, Whirl
Related verbs: Circumvolve
Generic synonyms: Turn
Derivative terms: Revolution, Rotation
Also: Revolve Around

2. Verb. Exchange on a regular basis. "We rotate the lead soprano every night"
Generic synonyms: Alternate
Derivative terms: Rotation

3. Verb. Perform a job or duty on a rotating basis. "Interns have to rotate for a few months"
Generic synonyms: Serve
Derivative terms: Rotation

4. Verb. Cause to turn on an axis or center. "Rotate the handle"
Exact synonyms: Circumvolve
Specialized synonyms: Crank, Crank Up, Birl, Spin, Twirl, Whirl, Birl, Birle
Generic synonyms: Turn
Causes: Go Around, Revolve
Related verbs: Go Around, Revolve
Derivative terms: Circumvolution, Rotation, Rotatory

5. Verb. Turn outward. "Ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees"
Exact synonyms: Splay, Spread Out, Turn Out
Generic synonyms: Turn
Derivative terms: Turnout

6. Verb. Plant or grow in a fixed cyclic order of succession. "We rotate the crops so as to maximize the use of the soil"
Generic synonyms: Grow
Derivative terms: Rotation

Definition of Rotate

1. a. Having the parts spreading out like a wheel; wheel-shaped; as, a rotate spicule or scale; a rotate corolla, i.e., a monopetalous corolla with a flattish border, and no tube or a very short one.

2. v. i. To turn, as a wheel, round an axis; to revolve.

3. v. i. To cause to turn round or revolve, as a wheel around an axle.

Definition of Rotate

1. Verb. (intransitive) to spin, turn, or revolve. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) to advance through a sequence; to take turns. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive of aircraft) to lift the nose, just prior to takeoff. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to spin, turn, or revolve something. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) to advance something through a sequence. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) to replace older materials or to place older materials in front of newer ones so that older ones get used first. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive of crops) to grow or plant in a certain order. ¹

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Definition of Rotate

1. to turn about an axis [v -TATED, -TATING, -TATES]

Medical Definition of Rotate

1. 1. To turn. 2. Circular and flattened, for example of a corolla with a very short tube and spreading lobes. (17 Dec 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rotate

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
rotate (current term)
rotating anode
rotating anode tube
rotating mechanism
rotating shaft
rotation flap
rotation period
rotation therapy
rotational axis

Literary usage of Rotate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"... V = velocity of point in feet per minute at distance L, if arm were allowed to rotate; N = number of revolutions per minute; HP= horse power. ..."

2. How to Draw a Straight Line: A Lecture on Linkages by Alfred Bray Kempe (1877)
"To find a linkwork which should make two links rotate with equal velocities in opposite directions was one of the ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"Restoring the front and rear cam axles to their original positions (pointers horizontally outward), rotate the rear axle 90°, clockwise, relative to the ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"... rotate the rear axle 90°, clockwise, relative to the other. This puts all its particles 90° ahead in phase of the TABLE OF PHASE DIFFERENCES. ..."

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