Involute Definition

ĭnvə-lo͝ot
involuted, involutes, involuting
adjective
Intricate; involved.
Webster's New World
Rolled up or curled in a spiral; having whorls wound closely around the axis.
Involute shells.
Webster's New World
Rolled inward at the edges.
Involute leaves.
Webster's New World
Having whorls that enclose and obscure earlier whorls. Used of a gastropod shell.
American Heritage
Wiktionary
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verb
involuted, involuting
To become involute or undergo involution.
Webster's New World
To curl inward.
American Heritage
noun
involutes
The curve traced by any point of a taut string when it is wound upon or unwound from a fixed curve on the same plane with it.
Webster's New World

The locus of any fixed point on a moving tangent which rolls, but does not slide on a curve: correlative to evolute.

Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Involute

Noun

Singular:
involute
Plural:
involutes

Origin of Involute

  • Latin involūtus past participle of involvere to enwrap involve

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin involutus.

    From Wiktionary

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