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Meaning of ROTARY

Pronunciation:  'rowturee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  electrical converter consisting of a synchronous machine that converts alternating to direct current or vice versa
  2. [n]  a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island; "the accident blocked all traffic at the rotary"
  3. [adj]  relating to or characterized by rotation; "rotary dial"

ROTARY is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: circle, rotary converter, roundabout, synchronous converter, traffic circle
 See Also: electrical converter, junction, road, route



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ro"ta*ry\, a. [L. rota a wheel. See {Roll}, v., and cf.
{barouche}, {Rodomontade}, {Rou['e]}, {Round}, a., {Rowel}.]
Turning, as a wheel on its axis; pertaining to, or
resembling, the motion of a wheel on its axis; rotatory; as,
rotary motion.

{Rotary engine}, steam engine in which the continuous
   rotation of the shaft is produced by the direct action of
   the steam upon rotating devices which serve as pistons,
   instead of being derived from a reciprocating motion, as
   in the ordinary engine; a steam turbine; -- called also
   {rotatory engine}.

{Rotary pump}, a pump in which the fluid is impelled by
   rotating devices which take the place of reciprocating
   buckets or pistons.

{Rotary shears}, shears, as for cloth, metal, etc., in which
   revolving sharp-edged or sharp-cornered wheels do the

{Rotary valve}, a valve acting by continuous or partial
   rotation, as in the four-way cock.