volute

[ vuh-loot ]
/ vəˈlut /

noun

adjective

having a volute or rolled-up form.
Machinery.
  1. spirally shaped or having a part so shaped.
  2. 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 volute

vo·lut·ed, adjectivevo·lu·tion, nounin·ter·vo·lute, adjective
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for volution (1 of 2)

volution
/ (vəˈluːʃən) /

noun

a rolling, revolving, or spiral form or motion
a whorl of a spiral gastropod shell

British Dictionary definitions for volution (2 of 2)

volute
/ (ˈvɒljuːt, vəˈluːt) /

noun

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

volute
[ və-lōōt ]

adj.

Rolled up; convoluted.
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