- 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 volution
On the left wrist were two circular excoriations, apparently the effect of ropes, or of a rope in more than one volution.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe|Edgar Allan Poe
British Dictionary definitions for volution (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for volution (2 of 2)
adjective also: voluted (vəˈluːtɪd)
Word Origin for volute
Word Origin and History for volution
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.