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Rotate   /rˈoʊtˌeɪt/   Listen

(past & past part. rotated; pres. part. rotating)
Turn on or around an axis or a center.  Synonyms: go around, revolve.  "The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire"
Exchange on a regular basis.
Perform a job or duty on a rotating basis.
Cause to turn on an axis or center.  Synonym: circumvolve.
Turn outward.  Synonyms: splay, spread out, turn out.  "Ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees"
Plant or grow in a fixed cyclic order of succession.

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"Rotate" Quotes from Famous Books

... of a large electromagnet, powerful for those days (1845), he placed a block of very dense glass. The plane of polarization of a beam of light, which passed unaffected through the glass before the switch was closed, was seen to rotate when the magnetic field was produced by the flow of the current. A similar rotation is now familiar in the well-known tests of sugars—laevulose and dextrose—which rotate plane-polarized light to left ...
— The New Heavens • George Ellery Hale

... is a free force, habitually decided by motives. No one denies that motives exist adequate to decide the will; even though it may not always be conscious of them. Science has proved that forces, sensible and occult, physical and metaphysical, simple and complex, surround, traverse, vibrate, rotate, repel, attract, without stop; that man's senses are conscious of few, and only in a partial degree; but that, from the beginning of organic existence, his consciousness has been induced, expanded, trained in the lines of his sensitiveness; ...
— The Education of Henry Adams • Henry Adams

... period. No trace of the retardation poleward from the equator, shown by the spots, could be detected in their movements. But the experiment was obviously inconclusive;[457] and M. Stratonoff's[458] repetition of it with ampler materials gave a full assurance that faculae rotate like spots in periods ...
— A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century - Fourth Edition • Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke

... that carries a fly wheel that is larger than is necessary consumes a certain number of foot pounds in turning so much metal around through space. Were it possible to cut off at the same point and rotate as positively without a fly wheel, it would be done away with entirely. Some straight line air compressors are so constructed that the momentum of the piston and other moving parts is nearly sufficient to equalize the strains without a fly wheel; but the fly wheel ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 799, April 25, 1891 • Various

... vocal mechanism could be determined, the science of Voice Culture would not benefit thereby. Knowing how the muscles should act does not help us to make them act properly. It is utterly idle to tell the vocal student that as the pitch of the voice rises the arytenoid cartilages rotate, bringing their forward surfaces together, and so shortening the effective length of the vocal cords. Whatever the vocal cords are required to do is performed through an instinctive obedience to the demands of ...
— The Psychology of Singing - A Rational Method of Voice Culture Based on a Scientific Analysis of All Systems, Ancient and Modern • David C. Taylor

Words linked to "Rotate" :   spin around, screw, birle, twiddle, spin, turn, reel, rotation, serve, crank, twirl, grow, alternate, wheel around, gyrate, drive in, wheel, whirl, rotatory, swirl, crank up, birl

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