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Attested mid 18th century, from Medieval Latin rotarius, from Latin rota (wheel).

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rotary (not comparable)

  1. Capable of rotation.
    • 1997, A. J. Taylor; D. S. Mothram, editors, Flavour Science: Recent Developments[1], Elsevier, →ISBN, page 63:
      Volatiles of kecap manis and its raw materials were extracted using Likens-Nickerson apparatus with diethyl ether as the extraction solvent. The extracts were then dried with anhydrous sodium sulfate, concentrated using a rotary evaporator followed by flushing using nitrogen until the volume was about 0.5 ml.
    A rotary engine revolves the heads rather than having pistons go back and forth.

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rotary (plural rotaries)

  1. (New England) A traffic circle.
  2. (chiefly with initial capital) Any of the clubs making up the international Rotary International movement for community service.

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