Meaning of INVOLUTE in English

INVOLUTE

I. ˈinvəˌlüt also -vəlˌyüt; ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ adjective

Etymology: Latin involutus involved, intricate, from past participle of involvere to wrap, envelop

1.

a.

(1) : curled spirally

(2) : having the whorls closely coiled

involute shell

b.

(1) : curled or curved inward

(2) : having the edges rolled over the upper surface toward the midrib

an involute leaf

— compare convolute , revolute

2. : involuted 3

the possible moves … not only manifold, but involute — E.A.Poe

3. : of or relating to an involute

involute curve

involute gear cutter

• in·vo·lute·ly adverb

II. ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

( -s )

: a curve traced by any point of a perfectly flexible inextensible thread kept taut as it is wound upon or unwound from another curve — compare evolute

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

]

III. | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

1. : to curl inward : become involute

the leaf margin involutes

2.

a. : to return to a former condition

after pregnancy the uterus involutes

b. : to clear up : disappear

the disease involutes without desquamation — Annals of New York Academy of Sciences

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