involute


1in·vo·lute

adjective \ˈin-və-ˌlüt\

Definition of INVOLUTE

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>

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

2involute

noun

Definition of INVOLUTE

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

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First Known Use of INVOLUTE

circa 1796

3in·vo·lute

verb \ˌin-və-ˈlüt\
in·vo·lut·edin·vo·lut·ing

Definition of INVOLUTE

intransitive verb
1
:  to become involute
2
a :  to return to a former condition
b :  to become cleared up :  disappear

First Known Use of INVOLUTE

1816

in·vo·lute

intransitive verb \ˌin-və-ˈlüt\   (Medical Dictionary)
in·vo·lut·edin·vo·lut·ing

Medical Definition of INVOLUTE

1
: to return to a former condition <after pregnancy the uterus involutes>
2
: to become cleared up <the disease involutes without desquammation—Annals of New York Academy of Sciences>

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