• WordNet 3.6
    • adj volute in the shape of a coil
    • n volute a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops "a coil of rope"
    • n volute ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Volute (Arch) A spiral scroll which forms the chief feature of the Ionic capital, and which, on a much smaller scale, is a feature in the Corinthian and Composite capitals. See Illust. of Capital, also Helix, and Stale.
    • Volute (Zoöl) A spiral turn, as in certain shells.
    • Volute (Zoöl) Any voluta.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n volute In architecture, a spiral scroll forming an essential part of the Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite capitals, of which it is a characteristic ornament. The number of volutes in the Greek Ionic capital is four, two each on opposite faces. In the Corinthian and Composite orders they are more numerous, in the former order being sixteen in number. See helix, 2 (with cut), and cuts under Acanthus, Corinthian, Ionic, and composite. Also voluta.
    • n volute In conchology: A member of the Volutidæ. The volutes are chiefly tropical shells, especially of IndoPaciflc waters, some of them of great rarity and beauty, and highly prized by collectors, as V. imperialis, the imperial volute, which shows beautiful sculpture and tracery, and has a circlet of spines like a diadem crowning the very large bodywhorl (see cut under Voluta). The peacock-tail volute, Voluta (or Scaphella) junonia, of quite another form, is white with orange spots, aud was long considered one of the rarest of shells, bringing a very high price. Many of the volutes being well known, they take more distinctive names. Such is the West Indian music-shell, Voluta musica, so called because the markings resemble written music. This species, unlike most volutes, is operculate, and is placed by some authors in another genus, Voluolyria or Musica. Some volutes are known as bat-shetts, as V. vespertilio; others as yets or boat-shells and melon-shells (see cuts under Cymbium and Melo); and some forms, as Cymbium, are oviparous. See also cut under Volutidæ A volution or whorl of a spiral shell
    • volute In botany, rolled up in any direction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Volute vō-lūt′ a spiral scroll used in the Ionic and Corinthian capitals: a kind of spiral shell, chiefly tropical: whorl of a spiral shell
    • adj Volute (bot.) rolled up in any direction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. volute,cf. It. voluta,), L. voluta, from volvere, volutum, to roll. See Voluble


In literature:

The electric light flooded everything; it was shed from four unpolished globes half sunk in the volutes of the ceiling.
"Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea" by Jules Verne
It is a volute to which the brain conceives no limits.
"The Life of the Spider" by J. Henri Fabre
The capitals are ornamented with rude volutes.
"Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. II. (of 2)" by Dawson Turner
Nothing but masks, statues, foliage, volutes, reliefs, figures large and small, medallions with inscriptions.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Ovals, Ellipses, Parabolas, and Volutes.
"Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879" by Various
VOLUT: circumvolu'tion; evolu'tion; revolution (-ary, -ist, -ize).
"New Word-Analysis" by William Swinton
We carefully pare off the volutes and spikelets.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
That of the volutes is my first business.
"Violin Making" by Walter H. Mayson
Look at the huge volutes of those clouds.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
Volute, rolled up in any direction.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The four volute centers are slightly concave.
"Ancient Pottery of the Mississippi Valley" by William H. Holmes
It was until lately known as the Voluta pacifica, being one of the well-known Volute family.
"Beautiful Shells of New Zealand" by E. G. B. Moss
Capitals reverted to the volute type, transformed and refined.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
The throat underneath the volute is very massive, although all the edges are finished off with the utmost delicacy and sharp tooling.
"Antonio Stradivari" by Horace William Petherick
Fragment of volute from cap of column.
"A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2)" by A. H. Smith
Outer lip smooth within, deeply lobed above, attached to the second spiral volution.
"Zoological Illustrations, Volume I" by William Swainson
These shells were formerly blended with the Linnaean Volutes, but are now detached from them as a distinct genus.
"Zoological Illustrations, Volume III" by William Swainson
In one of the specimens the ogee ends finish in a point; in the other they finish in a spiral volute turning upon itself.
"The Swastika" by Thomas Wilson
We can always distinguish an Ionic column by the volute or scroll at its capital.
"Stories of Useful Inventions" by Samuel Eagle Foreman
The capital, with undercut volutes, was suitable for a straight architrave, but not for the arch.
"Constantinople" by William Holden Hutton

In poetry:

Beautiful city, the centre and crater of European confusion,
O you with your passionate shriek for the rights of an equal
How often your Re-volution has proven but E-volution
Roll’d again back on itself in the tides of a civic insanity!
"Beautiful City" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

Biochemist e-volution is the rather unusually named online offering of the Biochemical Society and, to be honest, I'm not sure why they chose the rather undescriptive name.
Biochemist e- volution is the rather unusually named online offering of the Biochemical Society and, to be honest, I'm not sure why they chose the rather undescriptive name.
Stick-pack sparks tea- volution .
Caldera Systems Inc.'s new Linux management package, Caldera Volution , is a good first step toward centralized administration of Linux systems.
Caldera Volution Good Start for Taming Linux.
The Eye- volution of Man.
AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance Voluteers.

In science:

In principle, jet measurements, based on the calorimetric measurement of jet energy flow within the high-multiplicity environment of a heavy ion collision, are independent of the surface bias (and other trigger biases), since the energy of the initial parton is conserved throughout the medium-modified parton e volution.
Jet Quenching in Heavy Ion Collisions
Figure 1: The volution of (a,c) Fisher’ information IF (t), (b,d) Wehrl’s entropy SW (t), versus the scaled time T = λt and the root of the mean photon number α = √ ¯n.
Dynamics of the intensity-dependent Jaynes-Cummings model analyzed via Fisher information