[ vuh-loot ]
/ vəˈlut /
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.
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Origin of volute
1690–1700; (< F) < Latin volūta, feminine of volūtus, past participle of volvere to turn. See revolve
OTHER WORDS FROM volutevo·lut·ed, adjectivevo·lu·tion, nounin·ter·vo·lute, adjective
Words nearby volute
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Example sentences 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)
/ (vəˈluːʃən) /
a rolling, revolving, or spiral form or motion
a whorl of a spiral gastropod shell
British Dictionary definitions for volution (2 of 2)
/ (ˈvɒljuːt, vəˈluːt) /
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
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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Medical definitions for volution
[ və-lōōt′ ]
Rolled up; convoluted.
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