[ vuh-loot ]
/ vəˈlut /
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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 centrifugal 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.
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Origin of volute
First recorded in 1690–1700; from French or directly from Latin volūta “a scroll,” feminine noun use of volūtus, past participle of volvere “to turn”; see revolve
OTHER WORDS FROM volutevo·lut·ed, adjectivevo·lu·tion, nounin·ter·vo·lute, adjective
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How to use volute in a sentence
There seems to have been no distinction in the direction of the volutes, they turning indifferently to the right or to the left.The Swastika|Thomas Wilson
Aplustre, ap-lus′tėr, n. the ornament rising above the stern of ancient ships, often a sheaf of volutes.
Others are strings of large beads of gold, decorated with volutes, knots and other patterns of wire soldered over the surfaces.
The red sky began to darken, and a large cloud lowered above them, regular at the base and forming volutes at the top.Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2|Gustave Flaubert
The ornamentation is chaste, consisting of narrow bands, etched with graceful scrolls and volutes on white burnished steel.Spanish Arms and Armour|Albert F. Calvert
British Dictionary definitions for volute
/ (ˈvɒljuːt, vəˈluːt) /
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
adjective also: voluted (vəˈluːtɪd)
having the form of a volute; spiral
machinery moving in a spiral path
Word Origin for volute
C17: from Latin volūta a spiral decoration, from volūtus rolled, from volvere to roll up
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