[ 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 forms

vo·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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Medicine definitions for volutes


[ və-lōōt ]


Rolled up; convoluted.
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