What is rotation?

  • (noun): A planned recurrent sequence (of crops or personnel etc.).
    Example: "Crop rotation makes a balanced demand on the fertility of the soil"; "the manager had only four starting pitchers in his rotation"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A rotation is a circular movement of an object around a center (or point) of rotation. A three-dimensional object rotates always around an imaginary line called a rotation axis. If the axis is within the body, and passes through its center of mass the body is said to rotate upon itself, or spin. A rotation about an external point, e.g. the Earth about the Sun, is called a revolution or orbital revolution, typically when it is produced by gravity.

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Some articles on rotation:

Rotation System - Formal Definition
... Formally, a rotation system is defined as a pair (σ,θ) where σ and θ are permutations acting on the same ground set B, θ is a fixed-point-free involution, and ... To derive a rotation system from a 2-cell embedding of a connected multigraph G on an oriented surface, let B consist of the darts (or flags, or half-edges) of G that is, for each ... is embedded on an orientable but not oriented surface, it generally corresponds to two rotation systems, one for each of the two orientations of the surface ...
Rotation - Sports
... Rotation, usually called spin, plays a role in many sports ... Topspin and backspin in tennis ...
Mc Math-Pierce Solar Telescope - Instruments
... These two spectrographs are able to rotate to compensate for the rotation of the image caused by the use of a heliostat ... third position can only be equipped with a static optical table with no image rotation correction and is therefore rarely used ... on static optical tables and do not provide image rotation correction ...
Conformational Isomerism
... a form of stereoisomerism in which the isomers can be interconverted exclusively by rotations about formally single bonds ... and specifically as rotamers when the rotation leading to different conformations is restricted (hindered) rotation, in the sense that there exists a ... The rotational barrier, or barrier to rotation, is the activation energy required to interconvert rotamers ...
... used to mechanically resist or arrest the rotation of a wheel, axle, or spindle ... are for example used to simply arrest rotation in one direction or to intentionally divide a rotation into discrete increments ...

More definitions of "rotation":

  • (noun): (mathematics) a transformation in which the coordinate axes are rotated by a fixed angle about the origin.
  • (noun): The act of rotating as if on an axis.
    Example: "The rotation of the dancer kept time with the music"
    Synonyms: rotary motion

Famous quotes containing the word rotation:

    The lazy manage to keep up with the earth’s rotation just as well as the industrious.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)