rotator phase transition

A transition from a fully-ordered crystal of globular or quasi-spherical molecules to a crystal that retains translational order but exhibits dynamic orientational disorder and is usually mechanically soft (plastic phase). Example: The transition of CBr4 to a plastic phase which exists from 319 to 365 K.
PAC, 1994, 66, 577 (Definitions of terms relating to phase transitions of the solid state (IUPAC Recommendations 1994)) on page 589