involute

adjective
in·​vo·​lute | \ ˈin-və-ˌlüt How to pronounce involute (audio) \

Definition of involute

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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

involute

noun

Definition of involute (Entry 2 of 3)

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

involute

verb
in·​vo·​lute | \ ˌin-və-ˈlüt How to pronounce involute (audio) \
involuted; involuting

Definition of involute (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

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Noun

involute a, p, p, p, p traced by any point p of the thread t unwinding from curve c

In the meaning defined above

Examples of involute in a Sentence

Adjective the novel's deliberately involute plot is intended as a brainteaser for readers the chambered nautilus is readily identified by its involute seashell

First Known Use of involute

Adjective

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

circa 1796, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for involute

Adjective

borrowed from Latin involūtus "not manifest, obscure, concealed," from past participle of involvere "to move by rolling, enclose in a covering, wrap up, cover" — more at involve

Noun

borrowed from New Latin involūta, literally "(line) rolled inward," noun derivative from feminine of Latin involūtus, past participle of involvere "to move by rolling, enclose in a covering, wrap up, cover"; formed by analogy with New Latin ēvolūta evolute — more at involve

Verb

derivative of involute entry 1

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“Involute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/involute. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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involute

intransitive verb
in·​vo·​lute | \ ˌin-və-ˈlüt How to pronounce involute (audio) \
involuted; involuting

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 desquammationAnnals of New York Academy of Sciences

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