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English Dictionary: rotate by the DICT Development Group
4 results for rotate
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. turn on or around an axis or a center; "The Earth revolves around the Sun"; "The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire"
    Synonym(s): revolve, go around, rotate
  2. exchange on a regular basis; "We rotate the lead soprano every night"
  3. perform a job or duty on a rotating basis; "Interns have to rotate for a few months"
  4. cause to turn on an axis or center; "Rotate the handle"
    Synonym(s): rotate, circumvolve
  5. turn outward; "These birds can splay out their toes"; "ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees"
    Synonym(s): turn out, splay, spread out, rotate
  6. plant or grow in a fixed cyclic order of succession; "We rotate the crops so as to maximize the use of the soil"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rotate \Ro"tate\, a. [L. rotatus, p. p. of rotare to turn round
      like a wheel, fr. rota wheel. See {Rotary}, and cf. {Roue}.]
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rotate \Ro"tate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rotated}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      1. To turn, as a wheel, round an axis; to revolve.
      2. To perform any act, function, or operation in turn, to
            hold office in turn; as, to rotate in office.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rotate \Ro"tate\, v. i.
      1. To cause to turn round or revolve, as a wheel around an
      2. To cause to succeed in turn; esp., to cause to succeed
            some one, or to be succeeded by some one, in office.
            [Colloq.] [bd]Both, after a brief service, were rotated
            out of office.[b8] --Harper's Mag.
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