Part of speech: verb

To turn on its axis, as a wheel.

Part of speech: verb

To change about, as crops.

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Usage examples "rotate":

  1. Hence we perceive that its whirling action must be more violent- it must rotate quicker. - "Pioneers of Science", Oliver Lodge.
  2. But it is known that the form of the boomerang, and the fact that one of its limbs is longer and heavier than the other, gives its centre of gravity a very peculiar situation; and when the weapon is thrown by one end, it has naturally a tendency to rotate, and the manner of this rotation is determined by the peculiar impetus given it by the hand of the man who throws it. - "Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy", Frank Richard Stockton.
  3. At the big end the spheres of the planets rotating on their axes and revolving round the sun; and at the little end the spheres of the atoms consisting of particles which, modern science tells us, in like manner rotate round a common center at distances which are astronomical as compared with their own mass. - "The Creative Process in the Individual", Thomas Troward.