- twisted; coiled.
- complicated; intricately involved: a convoluted way of describing a simple device.
Origin of convoluted
- to coil up; form into a twisted shape.
- rolled up together or with one part over another.
- Botany. coiled up longitudinally so that one margin is within the coil and the other without, as the petals of cotton.
Origin of convolute
Examples from the Web for convoluted
Which is why his efforts to justify his rabid consumption of football wind up feeling so slippery and convoluted.Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football?
September 11, 2014
The House Republicans made headlines Thursday with their convoluted immigration plan.At Retreat, Republican Alternatives Are Just Repeats
January 31, 2014
Ultimately, the storyline Cantor has crafted is too kooky and convoluted to be compelling.This Week’s Hot Reads: January 8, 2014
January 8, 2014
This tends to be a lengthy and convoluted process, taking at least two years even under ideal circumstances.New Report Exposes Trafficking Rings in Egypt’s Sinai
December 12, 2013
Get up to speed on the convoluted tale of meth monster Walter White.‘Breaking Bad’: The 7 Plot Points You Need to Remember for the Final Season
August 8, 2013
But a brain is convoluted and to a greater or lesser degree intelligent.The Short Life
The convoluted and basket-work ornament may also have been derived from the same source.The Cathedral Builders
All rings of the disk not concentric, convoluted in a simple, regular, spiral line; all nearly of equal breadth.
These convoluted pieces are formed into oblong bundles of 20 or 30 lbs.
Generally they are straight or curved; less commonly, convoluted.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
- (esp of meaning, style, etc) difficult to comprehend; involved
- wound together; coiled
- to form into a twisted, coiled, or rolled shape
- botany rolled longitudinally upon itselfa convolute petal
- another word for convoluted (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for convoluted
1811, past participle adjective from verb convolute (1690s), from Latin convolutus, past participle of convolvere (see convolution); or perhaps a back-formation from convolution. French has convoluté (18c.), in form a past participle adjective, without the verb.
"rolled up together," 1794, from Latin convolutus, past participle of convolvere (see convolution). The noun meaning "something convoluted" is from 1846.