convolution

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noun con·vo·lu·tion \ˌkän-və-ˈlü-shən\

Definition of convolution

  1. 1 :  a form or shape that is folded in curved or tortuous windings the convolutions of the intestines

  2. 2 :  one of the irregular ridges on the surface of the brain and especially of the cerebrum of higher mammals

  3. 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

  1. I found it hard to follow the convolutions of the book's plot.

  2. a plot full of convolution and confusion

Origin and Etymology of convolution

see convolute


First Known Use: 1545


CONVOLUTION Defined for English Language Learners

convolution

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noun con·vo·lu·tion \ˌkän-və-ˈlü-shən\

Definition of convolution for English Language Learners

  • : something that is very complicated and difficult to understand

  • : a twist or curve


Medical Dictionary

convolution

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noun con·vo·lu·tion \ˌkän-və-ˈlü-shən\

Medical Definition of convolution

  1. :  any of the irregular ridges on the surface of the brain and especially of the cerebrum—called also gyrus; compare sulcus

convolutional

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