- 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.
- 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 volutes
Others are strings of large beads of gold, decorated with volutes, knots and other patterns of wire soldered over the surfaces.
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 Ionic volutes on the corner capitals of this temple are in the later style, while the side capitals are in the usual style.Old Rome|Robert Burn
The volutes and the centre block are common features of Early Norman capitals, but the foliage is rare.
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
British Dictionary definitions for volutes
adjective also: voluted (vəˈluːtɪd)
Word Origin for volute
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.