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Definition 1: the act of rotating as if on an axis - [noun denoting act]

Samples where rotation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music

Synonyms for rotation in the sense of this definition

(rotation is a kind of ...) a change of position that does not entail a change of location

"the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise" "movement is a sign of life" "an impatient move of his hand" "gastrointestinal motility"

(... is a kind of rotation ) the act of winding or twisting

"he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"

(... is a kind of rotation ) turning or twisting around (in place)

"with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"

(... is a kind of rotation ) rotation of the hands and forearms so that the palms face upward

(... is a kind of rotation ) flying downward in a helical path with a large radius

(... is a kind of rotation ) the act of rotating rapidly

"he gave the crank a spin" "it broke off after much twisting"

(... is a kind of rotation ) rotation of the hands and forearms so that the palms face downward

(... is a kind of rotation ) the act of turning on (or as if on) a pivot

"the golfer went to the driving range to practice his pivot"

(... is a kind of rotation ) the act of rotating in a circle or spiral

(... is a kind of rotation ) turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls

(... is a kind of rotation ) the act of turning or winding or folding around a central axis

(... is a kind of rotation ) (ballet) the outward rotation of a dancer's leg from the hip

Definition 2: a planned recurrent sequence (of crops or personnel etc.) - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where rotation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • crop rotation makes a balanced demand on the fertility of the soil
  • the manager had only four starting pitchers in his rotation

(rotation is a kind of ...) a following of one thing after another in time

"the doctor saw a sequence of patients"

Definition 3: a single complete turn (axial or orbital) - [noun denoting event]

Samples where rotation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the plane made three rotations before it crashed
  • the revolution of the earth about the sun takes one year

Synonyms for rotation in the sense of this definition

(rotation is a kind of ...) a movement in a new direction

"the turning of the wind"

(... is a kind of rotation ) rotation to the right

(... is a kind of rotation ) rotation to the left

(... is a kind of rotation ) rotary motion of an object around its own axis

"wheels in axial rotation"

(... is a kind of rotation ) motion of an object in an orbit around a fixed point

"satellites in orbital rotation"

(... is a kind of rotation ) a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)

Definition 4: (mathematics) a transformation in which the coordinate axes are rotated by a fixed angle about the origin - [noun denoting linkdef]

(rotation is a kind of ...) (mathematics) a function that changes the position or direction of the axes of a coordinate system

(rotation belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

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