As a result of this, this forum is now closed.
The English dictionary community team would like the opportunity to say a huge thanks to all of you who participated by posting questions and helping other community members.
We hope this forum was useful, and that you enjoyed being a part of it.
If you would like to get in touch with any OED-related queries, please write to
And if you would like to contribute suggestions to the OED, please do so by visiting: https://public.oed.com/contribute-to-the-oed/
Thank you very much indeed, and good bye!
The community team
Does counter-rotating not indicate that two things (usually on the same axis) are rotating in opposite directions to each other?
Can it be used to describe a rotating blade on an axis being moved in a direction opposite to the one in which the blade is rotating? I guess the axis and the parts moving the axis are then rotating in the opposite direction from the blade.