Meaning of ROTARY in English

I. ˈrō-tə-rē adjective

Etymology: Medieval Latin rotarius, from Latin rota wheel

Date: circa 1731


a. : turning on an axis like a wheel

b. : taking place about an axis

rotary motion

2. : having an important part that turns on an axis

rotary cutter

3. : characterized by rotation

4. : of, relating to, or being a press in which paper is printed by rotation in contact with a curved printing surface attached to a cylinder

II. noun

( plural -ries )

Date: circa 1888

1. : a rotary machine

2. : a road junction formed around a central circle about which traffic moves in one direction only — called also circle, traffic circle

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.