- 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
Related Wordsstreamer, wheel, shell, cylinder, ball, convolution, bobbin, spiral, spool, fold, cone, whorl, coil, barrel, reel, scroll, cornucopia, cartouche, trundle, volute
Examples from the Web for volutes
It appears in Polynesian tattooing, this love of spirals and volutes.Magic and Religion
The difficult transition from the end of the shaft to the volutes was evaded, and masked by anthemions or other ornaments.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
The faces of the volutes must recede from the edge of the abacus inwards by one and a half eighteenths of that same amount.Ten Books on Architecture
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
Aplustre, ap-lus′tėr, n. the ornament rising above the stern of ancient ships, often a sheaf of volutes.
- 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 volutes
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.