[ vuh-loot ]
/ vəˈlut /



having a volute or rolled-up form.
  1. spirally shaped or having a part so shaped.
  2. moving in a circular way, especially if combined with a lateral motion.

Origin of volute

1690–1700; (< F) < Latin volūta, feminine of volūtus, past participle of volvere to turn. See revolve
Related formsvo·lut·ed, adjectivevo·lu·tion, nounin·ter·vo·lute, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for volutes


/ (ˈvɒljuːt, vəˈluːt) /


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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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.

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Medicine definitions for volutes


[ və-lōōt ]


Rolled up; convoluted.
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