AskDefine | Define rotary

Dictionary Definition

rotary adj
1 relating to or characterized by rotation; "rotary dial"
2 marked by or moving in a circle [syn: circular]


1 a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island; "the accident blocked all traffic at the rotary" [syn: traffic circle, circle, roundabout]
2 electrical converter consisting of a synchronous machine that converts alternating to direct current or vice versa [syn: synchronous converter, rotary converter]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. having rotation
    A rotary engine revolves the heads rather than having pistons go back and forth.


  1. a traffic circle
  2. an international club for community service

Extensive Definition

Rotary can refer to:
rotary in German: Rotary
rotary in Dutch: Rotary
rotary in Japanese: ロータリー
rotary in Low German: Rotary
rotary in Thai: โรตารี

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