• WordNet 3.6
    • n devolution the delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government)
    • n devolution the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Devolution The act of rolling down. "The devolution of earth down upon the valleys."
    • Devolution Transference from one person to another; a passing or devolving upon a successor. "The devolution of the crown through a . . . channel known and conformable to old constitutional requisitions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n devolution The act of rolling down.
    • n devolution The act of devolving, transferring, or handing over; transmission from one person to another; a passing or falling to a successor, as of office, authority, or real estate.
    • n devolution In Scots law: The reference made by two or more arbiters who differ in opinion to an oversman or umpire to determine the difference.
    • n devolution The falling of a purchase made under articles of roup to the next highest offerer, on the failure of the highest bidder to find caution for payment of the price within the time limited by the articles.
    • n devolution The opposite of evolution; degeneration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Devolution dev-ol-ū′shun a passing from one person to another.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. devolutio,: cf. F. dévolution,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Devolve.


In literature:

He had never seen his relation, and never dreamed of this romantic devolution of great estates upon himself.
"Beatrice" by H. Rider Haggard
But democracy is not at all an adequate device unless it is accompanied by a very great amount of devolution.
"Political Ideals" by Bertrand Russell
Nevertheless, the problem before us is one of devolution pure and simple, and the question is, how far is devolution to go?
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers
Nor can I stop to dwell upon the very important subject of the delegation or devolution of powers by Parliament to subordinate bodies.
"Essays in Liberalism" by Various
There is no devolution of the wife to the husband's brother, or anything of that nature.
"The Mafulu" by Robert W. Williamson
Is devolution in Irish affairs desirable?
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index" by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
It stands for evolution rather than for devolution or revolution.
"The Joyful Heart" by Robert Haven Schauffler
First he obtained a right of occupancy in his land and of its devolution to his son if he had one.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
The doctrine of the evolution of man as taught by Darwin is neither complimentary to man or God; but the doctrine of devolution is.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
DEVOLUTION, WAR OF (1667-68), the name applied to the war which arose out of Louis XIV.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various

In news:

'Lost' Director Jack Bender Developing ' Devolution ' for Legendary (Exclusive).
Behind Obama's Evolution and Romney's Devolution on Gay Marriage.
The devolution of chocolate mousse.
From nature's evolution to computer devolution .
ANYONE naive enough to think that devolution for Scotland and Wales would leave their relations with England untouched has been disabused these past few weeks.
A 200-year evolution followed by a 10-year devolution, progression turned to regression in no time at all.
The argument that some matters, such as abortion, are of such moral urgency that they supersede a general preference for devolution sounds reasonable, until you try to decide which subjects are suitably urgent.
The devolution of chocolate mousse .

In science:

Grisvard, ´Equations d’´evolution abstraites non lin´eaires de type parabolique, C. R.
Square Root Problem of Kato for the Sum of Operators
We computed the excited non-radial oscillations with mode degree up to 10 for a stellar evolution model representative of the pulsating evolved B1Ib star HD 163899 with the Code Li´egeois d’´Evolution Stellaire (Scuflaire et al. 2008 ) and with the non-adiabatic pulsation code MAD (Dupret 2001 ).
On the origin of macroturbulence in hot stars
Probl`emes d’´evolution en milieux al´eatoires: Th´eor`emes limites, sch´emas num´eriques et applications en optique.
A diffusion approximation theorem for a nonlinear PDE with application to random birefringent optical fibers
Une formule d’isometrie pour l’int´egrale stochastique hilbertienne et ´equations d’´evolution lin´eaires stochastiques. Z.
Stochastic integration with respect to cylindrical Levy processes in Hilbert spaces: an L^2 approach
Lamberton, ´Equations d’´evolution lin´eaires associ´ees `a des semi-groupes de contractions dans les espaces Lp , J.
New Abstract Hardy Spaces