con·​vo·​lute | \ ˈkän-və-ˌlüt How to pronounce convolute (audio) \
convoluted; convoluting

Definition of convolute

: twist, coil

Examples of convolute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the East, the picture is a bit more clear than in the West, though tiebreakers convolute the scenarios. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021 Though the process was convoluted, Michigan was eliminated from Rose Bowl contention by virtue of having a lesser overall record (8-3 while Ohio State and Wisconsin were 10-1 each). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 May 2020 The hierarchy can get convoluted here, because the engine size and pricing don't follow the same logic across brands. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 23 May 2020 What follows is a thorough examination of the video’s convoluted history that, for the first time, sheds light on exactly how the clip—which we were never meant to see—made its way into the mainstream. Tim Mcmillan, Popular Mechanics, 17 Jan. 2020 The causes of this cost disparity are convoluted and various, Obermeyer said. Quinn Gawronski, NBC News, 6 Nov. 2019 The party’s position on the EU is convoluted, with a split between those who want to go through with Brexit and those who want a new referendum on whether to remain in the bloc. Danica Kirka, The Denver Post, 29 Oct. 2019 All of this is on fine display in this year’s installment, which pleasingly focuses more heavily on the stories at hand than the sometimes convoluted framing device of the storytellers’ personas. Matthew J. Palm,, 20 Oct. 2019 And, controlling the matter is convoluted by the notion that little is known about the exact network of pirates who are believed to have been born out of local fisherman circles. Fox News, 1 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of convolute

1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for convolute

borrowed from Latin convolūtus, past participle of convolvere "to roll up, coil, twist" — more at convolve

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“Convolute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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con·​vo·​lute | \ ˈkän-və-ˌlüt How to pronounce convolute (audio) \

Medical Definition of convolute

: rolled or wound together with one part upon another


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