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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rotator (Metal) A revolving reverberatory furnace.
    • Rotator (Anat) that which gives a rotary or rolling motion, as a muscle which partially rotates or turns some part on its axis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise
    • n rotator One who or that which rotates, or causes rotation; any rotational agency or instrument.
    • n rotator Specifically, in anatomy, a muscle that produces a rolling or rotatory motion of a part; a muscle which rotates a part upon its own axis.
    • n rotator In metal-working, a revolving or rotary furnace.
    • n rotator In photometry, a mounting for an incandescent lamp so constructed that the lamp may be given a rapid rotation about its polar axis. By means of such a device the mean horizontal intensity of the lamp may be determined from a single photometric setting.
    • n rotator In mathematics, a quantity having magnitude, direction, and position; a rotor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jupiter is the fastest rotating planet, which can complete one revolution in less than ten hours
    • n Rotator any rotational agency: a muscle producing rotatory motion
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  • Steve G. Makris
    Steve G. Makris
    “Always remember when you are on top of the world, that the earth rotates every 24 hrs.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. rota, a wheel.


In literature:

If it orders that crops must be rotated to preserve the fertility of the soil you will obey those instructions.
"Dennison Grant" by Robert Stead
Another form of rotating furnace is one in which the axis is horizontal.
"Getting Gold" by J. C. F. Johnson
But with the Praying Mantis, sticking out her long legs and her spreading wings, rotation is no longer feasible.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
He skirted the rotating couples, seeking Mary.
"Australia Felix" by Henry Handel Richardson
All being summoned in rotation, my own turn came at last.
"Omoo: Adventures in the South Seas" by Herman Melville
Ever since the telescope was invented observers have tried to find the time of rotation of this planet on its axis.
"Side-lights on Astronomy and Kindred Fields of Popular Science" by Simon Newcomb
With what sensations did Bloom contemplate in rotation these objects?
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
The steward's books show what rents were paid and forgiven, what crops were raised, and in what rotation.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Consequently the period of rotation has yet to be determined.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 303" by Various
For a long time Carancal lived with each of them a year in rotation.
"Filipino Popular Tales" by Dean S. Fansler
Coils of wire fixed to a rotating axis were moved past the pole of a magnet.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 324, March 18, 1882" by Various
The axis of rotation is situated at the other extremity of the beam, B.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 430, March 29, 1884" by Various
Presently the concavity in the ocean mounted to level, and its rotation slowly died away.
"The Cruise of the Dry Dock" by T. S. Stribling
We learn, therefore, that the time of rotation of a planet is an important factor in its habitability.
"Are the Planets Inhabited?" by E. Walter Maunder
Moreover, T^(-1)ST clearly effects the same translation along and rotation round CD that S effects for AB.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 6" by Various
In the upper part, the radius rotates on itself; while below, it rotates around the ulna.
"Artistic Anatomy of Animals" by Édouard Cuyer
Insist on rotation in office.
"Sunday-School Success" by Amos R. Wells
The plates, or drums, are made to rotate in opposite directions.
"Hawkins Electrical Guide, Number One" by Nehemiah Hawkins
On reversing the polarity of the magnet, both rotations will be reversed.
"Heroes of Science: Physicists" by William Garnett
Centre of gravity or rotation, 70.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana

In poetry:

Whilst round in wild rotations hurl'd,
These glittering forms I view,
Methinks the busy restless world
Is pictured in a few.
"Impromptu to Miss Utrecia Smith" by William Shenstone
While fates permit us, let's be merry;
Pass all we must the fatal ferry;
And this our life, too, whirls away,
With the rotation of the day.
"To Enjoy The Time" by Robert Herrick
I dreamed my genesis in sweat of sleep, breaking
Through the rotating shell, strong
As motor muscle on the drill, driving
Through vision and the girdered nerve.
"I Dreamed My Genesis" by Dylan Thomas
But only one – the barrel organ old
Shivers with cold in May of sunset’s languor —
Can’t ever grind all injuries recalled,
As it rotates the heedful shaft with anger.
"The Old Barrel Organ" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
But Rowland,—no, nor Oliver,-—
Could get electromotive force,
Which fact and reason both aver,
Has change of some kind as its source,
Out of a disk in swift rotation
Without the least acceleration.
"Answer To Tait" by James Clerk Maxwell
Sir John McLeod took the command of his own regiment,
And with a swinging pace into the jaws of death they went,
Fearlessly firing by companies in rotation,
Add dashed into a double Zone of Fire without hesitation.
"The Ashantee War" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

In its Brooker Biology, a 3D diagram of the human heart can be rotated with the flick of a finger, complicated processes such as cell co-transport are explained with videos, and dynamic quizzes reinforce lessons.
The Inquirer 's Kate Fagan chats with CineSport's Noah Coslov about what class of the NBA the Sixers are in, Elton Brand's transformation, and the set rotation.
Now, he might open the season as part of one of the best rotations in baseball.
Use these re-approved instruments (or use new, approved instruments ) as rotational replacements for the non-compliant field instruments .
The PalletPal Inverter from Southworth rotates fully-loaded pallets quickly and safely.
CHICAGO — The thought of being in the same rotation as Kerry Wood is simply "mindboggling".
The Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am will add a new course to its rotation next spring in The Reserve at Lake Keowee.
Jah Reid preparing to rotate in at left guard.
As the largest diameter rotational atherectomy device in the Jetstream catheter family, the Jetsream Navitus L atherectomy catheter can create a lumen 30 percent larger than the standard Navitus device.
The state's rotating blackouts have left some physicians scrambling to reschedule everything from annual checkups to elective surgeries.
It's full of mesmerizing artwork by Andy Warhol and a rotating installation on the ceiling.
Pitt coach Paul Chryst knows how to rotate running backs == he had three backs who each rushed for nearly 1,000 yards when he was the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin in 2010.
Mariner rotation still a jumble .
If you're feeling ho-hum about your current rotation, consider one of these swaps instead.
The band will get some air time on WMWV with their song, "Baga Dada" now in rotation, as well as a live (tba) in-studio session.

In science:

Additionally, if the stellar mass-to-light ratio of UGC 12695 is increased to 1.7, a reasonable value for both HSB and LSB galaxies, there is no need to invoke any dark matter to explain the maximum observed rotational velocity at the last measured point of UGC 12695’s rotation curve.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
On the other hand, it is quite likely that there is significant dark matter outside the observed radius (else the rotation curve would show some turn over), and thus we are merely viewing a lower limit of the galaxy’s rotational velocity.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
From the rotation curve of UGC 12695 it is apparent that its near solid body rotation makes determining κ relatively easy.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Faraday rotation can only be a significant factor if the Faraday rotation sizescale is smaller than the length scale of the masing region (see Elitzur 1992 for details).
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
The presence of such a correlation could argue against the possibility of significant Faraday rotation within the SNRs or may result from Faraday depolarization without significant net rotation.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
The ground state is no longer invariant under O(3) rotations but only under O(2) rotations in the plane perpendicular to the spontaneous magnetization.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The isospin or vector symmetry rotates both chiralities in the same way whereas the axial SU(2) group rotates them in the opposite direction.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
In rotating cylindrical vessel, filament-like polyeffectons originate from 3D isotropic net of polyeffectons and they tend to be oriented along the cylinder axis with their own rotation round their own axises in the direction opposite to that of cylinder rotation, as a consequence of angular momentum conservation.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
L z is the wave number of this motion; the second term is responsible for rotational energy, l  0, 1, 2ߪ is the integer quantum number for rotational motion in magnetic field B z .
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
If in Einstein-Haas effect a paramagnetic body starts rotating during remagnetizations as its flipping electrons transfer the angular momentum (associated with their spins) to the lattice, in the Barnett effect the rotating body shares its angular momentum with the electron subsystem causing magnetization.
Physics of Grain Alignment
Indeed, the D-G mechanism assumes that the relaxation rate is the same whether grain rotates in stationary magnetic field or magnetic field rotates around a stationary grain.
Physics of Grain Alignment
An alignment mechanism is efficient if the alignment time is a fraction of tgas for thermally rotating grains, but it may be many tgas if grains rotate suprathermally.
Physics of Grain Alignment
However, the baroclinic instability may have time to operate within the differentially rotating burning layer, potentially bringing it into rigid rotation.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
This remains true as the atmosphere expands, since a rigidly rotating spherical shell stays rigidly rotating as it expands outwards (because the fractional change in the distance from the rotation axis is the same for all latitudes).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Thus to observe a single, coherent frequency requires either the atmosphere to be rigidly rotating, or the burning region to be vertically thin (Miller 2000), so the differential rotation across it is small.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts