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involute

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adjective in·vo·lute \ˈin-və-ˌlüt\

Definition of involute

  1. 1 a :  curled spirally b (1) :  curled or curved inward (2) :  having the edges rolled over the upper surface toward the midrib <an involute leaf> c :  having the form of an involute <a gear with involute teeth>

  2. 2 :  involved, intricate



Examples of involute

  1. <the novel's deliberately involute plot is intended as a brainteaser for readers>

  2. <the chambered nautilus is readily identified by its involute seashell>



Origin of involute

Latin involutus concealed, from past participle of involvere


First Known Use: 1661


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involute

noun in·vo·lute

Definition of involute

  1. :  a curve traced by a point on a thread kept taut as it is unwound from another curve <involute of a circle>



Illustration of involute

Circa 1796

First Known Use of involute

circa 1796


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involute

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verb in·vo·lute \ˌin-və-ˈlüt\

Definition of involute

in·vo·lut·edin·vo·lut·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become involute

  3. 2 a :  to return to a former condition b :  to become cleared up :  disappear



1816

First Known Use of involute

1816


Medical Dictionary

involute

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intransitive verb in·vo·lute \ˌin-və-ˈlüt\

Medical Definition of involute

in·vo·lut·edin·vo·lut·ing

  1. 1:  to return to a former condition <after pregnancy the uterus involutes>

  2. 2:  to become cleared up <the disease involutes without desquammation—Annals of New York Academy of Sciences>




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