1794, intransitive, back-formation from rotation. Transitive sense from 1823. Related: Rotated; rotating. Rotator "muscle which allows a part to be moved circularly" is recorded from 1670s.
The lamb roast rotates on a spit over the fire
We rotate the lead soprano every night
Interns have to rotate for a few months
ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees
We rotate the crops so as to maximize the use of the soil