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[in-vuh-loo-tid, in-vuh-loo-tid]
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  1. curving or curling inward.
  2. having an involved or complex nature.
  3. having resumed its normal size, shape, or condition.
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Origin of involuted

First recorded in 1810–20; involute + -ed2
Related formssub·in·vo·lut·ed, adjectiveun·in·vo·lut·ed, adjective


[adjective, noun in-vuh-loot; verb in-vuh-loot, in-vuh-loot]
  1. intricate; complex.
  2. curled or curved inward or spirally.
  3. Botany. rolled inward from the edge, as a leaf.
  4. Zoology. (of shells) having the whorls closely wound.
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  1. Geometry. any curve of which a given curve is the evolute.
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verb (used without object), in·vo·lut·ed, in·vo·lut·ing.
  1. to roll or curl up; become involute.
  2. to return to a normal shape, size, or state.
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Origin of involute

1655–65; < Latin involūtus (past participle of involvere to roll up, wrap, cover), equivalent to in- in-2 + volū- (variant stem of volvere to roll) + -tus past participle suffix; cf. involve
Related formsin·vo·lute·ly, adverbsub·in·vo·lute, adjective
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Related Words for involuted

undulating, hilly, convolute, resounding, undulate, convoluted, lurching, voluble, involuted, undulant

Examples from the Web for involuted

Historical Examples of involuted

  • Celtic illuminations also have these distorted, involuted creatures.

    Sea and Sardinia

    D. H. Lawrence

  • The involuted portion of the inner lip is shorter and differently shaped.

  • On each side the involuted corals flung their twisted arms in more curious and intricate folds.

    Cord and Creese

    James de Mille

British Dictionary definitions for involuted


adjective (ˈɪnvəˌluːt) involuted
  1. complex, intricate, or involved
  2. botany (esp of petals, leaves, etc, in bud) having margins that are rolled inwards
  3. (of certain shells) closely coiled so that the axis is obscured
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noun (ˈɪnvəˌluːt)
  1. geometry the curve described by the free end of a thread as it is wound around another curve, the evolute, such that its normals are tangential to the evoluteSee also evolute
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verb (ˌɪnvəˈluːt)
  1. (intr) to become involute
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Derived Formsinvolutely, adverbinvolutedly, adverb

Word Origin for involute

C17: from Latin involūtus, from involvere; see involve
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Word Origin and History for involuted



early 15c., from Latin involutus "rolled up, intricate, obscure," past participle of involvere (see involve).

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