1. a spiral or twisted formation or object.
2. Architecture. a spiral ornament, found especially in the capitals of the Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite orders.
3. Carpentry. a horizontal scrolled termination to the handrail of a stair.
a. a turn or whorl of a spiral shell.
b. any of various tropical marine gastropods of the family Volutidae, many species of which have shells prized for their coloration.
5. the spiral casing surrounding the impeller of a volute pump.
6. having a volute or rolled-up form.
a. spirally shaped or having a part so shaped.
b. moving in a circular way, especially if combined with a lateral motion.
vo·lut·ed , adjective
vo·lu·tion , noun
in·ter·vo·lute , adjective
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Origin: 1690–1700; (< F) < Latin volūta, feminine of volūtus, past participle of volvere to turn. See revolve
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