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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class II. Words Relating to Space
Section IV. Motion
4. Motion with Reference to Direction

312. [Motion in a Continued Circle.] Rotation.

   NOUN:ROTATION, revolution, gyration, circulation, roll; circumrotation, circumvolution [rare], circumgyration; circumfusion, circination [obs.], turbination, pirouette, convolution.
  EDDY, vortex, whirlpool, swirl, gurge [rare]; verticity [obs.]; vertiginousness; whir, whirl; countercurrent; cyclone, tornado; surge; vertigo, dizzy round; maelstrom, Charybdis.
  Ixion; Wheel of Fortune.
  [COMPARISONS] wheel, screw, propeller, turbine, whirligig, rolling stone, windmill; treadmill, top, teetotum; roller; cogwheel, gear, gearwheel, flywheel; jack, smokejack, turnspit; gyroplane, gyroscope, gyrostat, gyrocar; caster.
  axis, axle, spindle, pivot, pin, hinge, pole, swivel, gimbals, arbor, bobbin, spool, reel, mandrel.
  [SCIENCE OF ROTATORY MOTION] trochilics, gyrostatics.
   VERB:ROTATE; roll, roll along; revolve, spin; turn, turn round; circumvolve [rare], circumgyrate [rare], circumvolute, circumfuse, turbinate [rare], encircle; circulate, gurge [rare], swirl, gyre, gyrate, wheel, whirl, twirl, trundle, troll, bowl, roll up, furl.
  box the compass; spin like a -top, – teetotum.
   ADJECTIVE:ROTATING &c. v.; rotatory, rotary; circumrotatory, trochilic, vertiginous, gyral, circumgyratory, circumvolutory, gyratory, gulfy; vorticular, vortical, vorticose; gyrostatic, gyroscopic.
   ADVERB:ROUND AND ROUND, head over heels, like a horse in a mill, in circles, clockwise.