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involute

adjective in·vo·lute \ 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 in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of involute

Latin involutus concealed, from past participle of involvere


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involute

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

Illustration of involute

illustration of involute

First Known Use of involute

circa 1796

in the meaning defined above

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involute

verb in·vo·lute \ ˌin-və-ˈlüt \

Definition of involute

involuted; involuting
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 the meaning defined at sense 1

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Medical Dictionary

involute

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

medical Definition of involute

involuted; involuting
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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