- curving or curling inward.
- having an involved or complex nature.
- having resumed its normal size, shape, or condition.
Origin of involuted
[adjective, noun in-vuh-loot; verb in-vuh-loot, in-vuh-loot]
- intricate; complex.
- curled or curved inward or spirally.
- Botany. rolled inward from the edge, as a leaf.
- Zoology. (of shells) having the whorls closely wound.
- Geometry. any curve of which a given curve is the evolute.
- to roll or curl up; become involute.
- to return to a normal shape, size, or state.
Origin of involute
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Examples from the Web for 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.The Beaked Whales of the Family Ziphidae
On each side the involuted corals flung their twisted arms in more curious and intricate folds.Cord and Creese
James de Mille
- complex, intricate, or involved
- botany (esp of petals, leaves, etc, in bud) having margins that are rolled inwards
- (of certain shells) closely coiled so that the axis is obscured
- 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
- (intr) to become involute
C17: from Latin involūtus, from involvere; see involve
Word Origin and History for involuted
early 15c., from Latin involutus "rolled up, intricate, obscure," past participle of involvere (see involve).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper