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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n volution a rolling or revolving motion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Volution A spiral turn or wreath.
    • Volution (Zoöl) A whorl of a spiral shell.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n volution A rolling or winding; a twist; especially, a spiral turn; a convolution.
    • n volution In conchology: A whorl; one turn of a spiral shell.
    • n volution A set of whorls; the spire of a shell; the spiral turning or twisting of a shell. See cuts under spire, n., and univalve.
    • n volution In anatomy, a convolution or gyration; a gyrus: as, the volutions of the brain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Volution a convolution: a whorl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LL. volutio, an arch, vault
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. volvĕre, volutum, to roll.


In literature:

It is a volute to which the brain conceives no limits.
"The Life of the Spider" by J. Henri Fabre
In children the relative number of volute and conical striae indicate their future.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 360, November 25, 1882" by Various
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
The abaci are square and moulded, while the caps proper carry at their angles rudely carved volutes such as occur in the White Tower, London.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham" by J. E. Bygate
The style I shall call the 'Shaft,' and the stigma the 'Volute.
"Proserpina, Volume 1" by John Ruskin
Memoire sur deux nouvelles especes de Volutes des mers de la Nouvelle Hollande.
"Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution" by Alpheus Spring Packard
There can be no doubt that the symbolism of the Mycenaean spiral and the volute is closely related to the octopus.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
Single Volute Helix Spring.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
We carefully pare off the volutes and spikelets.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The former consisted of two volutes between which appeared a vertical point resembling one of the angles of a triangle.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
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
The capitals are of the 'Pseudo-Ionic' type, with roughly cut Ionic volutes.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
This volute may be looked upon as one of the most characteristic features of the Period.
"The Seven Periods of English Architecture" by Edmund Sharpe
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

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