rotor: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (rō'tur), [key]
- a rotating member of a machine. Cf.(def. 1).
- a system of rotating airfoils, as the horizontal ones of a helicopter or of the compressor of a jet engine.
- any of a number of tall, cylindrical devices mounted on a special ship and rotated in such a way that the Magnus effect of wind impinging on the cylinders is used to drive and maneuver the vessel.
- (in a self-winding watch) a weight eccentrically mounted on an arbor for keeping the mainspring wound.
- rotor (Thesaurus)