volute

noun
vo·​lute | \ və-ˈlüt How to pronounce volute (audio) \

Definition of volute

1 : a spiral or scroll-shaped form
2 : a spiral scroll-shaped ornament forming the chief feature of the Ionic capital
3a : any of various marine gastropod mollusks (family Volutidae) with a thick short-spired shell
b : the shell of a volute

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Other Words from volute

volute or voluted \ və-​ˈlü-​təd How to pronounce voluted (audio) \ adjective

Examples of volute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using two volutes reduces turbo lag, the delay between pressing the accelerator and when the turbo kicks in, and improves low-RPM torque. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Moving More With Less: Why Four-Cylinders Are Coming to Full-Size Trucks," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of volute

circa 1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for volute

Latin voluta, from feminine of volutus, past participle of volvere to roll — more at voluble

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The first known use of volute was circa 1696

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Cite this Entry

“Volute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volute. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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