- a spiral or twisted formation or object.
- Architecture. a spiral ornament, found especially in the capitals of the Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite orders.
- Carpentry. a horizontal scrolled termination to the handrail of a stair.
- a turn or whorl of a spiral shell.
- any of various tropical marine gastropods of the family Volutidae, many species of which have shells prized for their coloration.
- the spiral casing surrounding the impeller of a volute pump.
- having a volute or rolled-up form.
- spirally shaped or having a part so shaped.
- moving in a circular way, especially if combined with a lateral motion.
Origin of volute
Examples from the Web for volute
The style I shall call the 'Shaft,' and the stigma the 'Volute.'Proserpina, Volume 1
There were also a few shrimps, two species of Murex, and a volute.Cruise of the 'Alert'
R. W. Coppinger
Capitals reverted to the volute type, transformed and refined.
The spherical shells, those whirled into a volute, are no exception to this rule.The Life of the Spider
J. Henri Fabre
The scroll or volute casing B confines the water in such a manner that it acts against the vanes all around the wheel.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out
Fred T. Hodgson
- a spiral or twisting turn, form, or object; spiral; whorl
- Also called: helix a carved ornament, esp as used on an Ionic capital, that has the form of a spiral scroll
- any of the whorls of the spirally coiled shell of a snail or similar gastropod mollusc
- any tropical marine gastropod mollusc of the family Volutidae, typically having a spiral shell with beautiful markings
- a tangential part, resembling the volute of a snail's shell, that collects the fluids emerging from the periphery of a turbine, impeller pump, etc
- having the form of a volute; spiral
- machinery moving in a spiral path
Word Origin and History for volute
1690s, "spiral ornament on an Ionic capital," from French volute, from Italian voluta, from Latin voluta "a spiral scroll," originally fem. past participle of volvere "to turn around, roll" (see volvox). Extended 1756 to any spiral thing or part. As a type of spiral seashell, it is attested from 1753.
- Rolled up; convoluted.