Definition of convolution
1 : a form or shape that is folded in curved or tortuous windings the convolutions of the intestines
2 : one of the irregular ridges on the surface of the brain and especially of the cerebrum of higher mammals
3 : a complication or intricacy of form, design, or structure … societies in which the convolutions of power and the caprices of the powerful are ever-present dangers to survival. — Mary Lee Settle
Examples of convolution in a Sentence
I found it hard to follow the convolutions of the book's plot.
a plot full of convolution and confusion
Recent Examples of convolution from the Web
The convolution of melamine foam wedges is configured to absorb sounds that originate within the room — like notes from Taylor’s flute — and prevent them from reverberating or echoing.
Hamparian categorized denial in the United States and Turkey as a sophisticated convolution of facts, strengthened by economic ties.
During the same time slot, in the same New School building, the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson put his agile band Sicilian Defense through its paces, turning a tricky set of formal convolutions into something sharp and gleaming.
Part David Duchovny, part Luke Wilson, his portrayal of a scruffy loser with a quick wit and a Jesus streak drives the film through its profane convolutions.
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CONVOLUTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of convolution for English Language Learners
: something that is very complicated and difficult to understand
: a twist or curve
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