American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Intricate; complex.
- adj. Botany Having the margins rolled inward.
- adj. Botany Having whorls that obscure the axis or other volutions, as the shell of a cowrie.
- v. To curl inward.
- v. To return to a normal or former condition.
- n. The curve traced by a point on a taut, inextensible string as it unwinds from another curve.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Rolled up; wrapped up. Specifically— In botany, rolled inward from the edge or edges: said of leaves in vernation, of the petals of flowers in estivation, and of the margin of the cup in the Discomycetes, etc. Also
- Involved; confusedly mingled.
- n. That which is involved.
- n. In geometry, the curve traced by any point of a flexible and inextensible string when the latter is unwrapped, under tension, from a given curve; or, in other words, the locus of a point in a right line which rolls, without sliding, over a given curve. The curve by unwrapping which a series of involutes is obtained is said to be their common evolute, and auy two involutes of a curve constitute a pair of parallel curves, their corresponding tangents being parallel, and their corresponding points, situated on the same normal, being at a constant distance from one another.
- Noting a form of tooth-profile, used in gearing, traced by a point at the end of a tangent as it is unwrapped from a base-circle. The base-circle is the circle at the root of the teeth. All involute teeth of the same circular pitch will work together. They are much used in cases where the distance between the centers of the two shafts has to be slightly variable.
- To return to a normal condition.
- adj. formal Difficult to understand; complicated.
- adj. botany Having the edges rolled with the adaxial side outward.
- adj. biology, of shells Having a complex pattern of coils.
- adj. biology Turned inward at the margin, like the exterior lip of the Cyprea.
- adj. biology Rolled inward spirally.
- v. To roll or curl inwards.
- n. geometry A curve that cuts all tangents of another curve at right angles; traced by a point on a string that unwinds from a curved object.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) Rolled inward from the edges; -- said of leaves in vernation, or of the petals of flowers in æstivation.
- adj. Turned inward at the margin, as the exterior lip of the Cyprea.
- adj. Rolled inward spirally.
- n. (Geom.) A curve traced by the end of a string wound upon another curve, or unwound from it; -- called also
evolvent. See evolute.
- adj. (of some shells) closely coiled so that the axis is obscured
- adj. especially of petals or leaves in bud; having margins rolled inward
- From Latin involutus. (Wiktionary)
- Latin involūtus, past participle of involvere, to enwrap; see involve. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Oh, and a nuanced take on bringing involute cunning to a ruthlessness contest.”
“Without thinking, outréblack squirrels inhabit upper Michigan and petrify the involute world.”
“You offer a variety points of view, acknowledge your own contradictions, resolve them, involute and qualify and complicate and undermine those resolutions, and end up with an ultimate determination so considered, nuanced, and precise, with so much allowance for exceptions, that the only possible response short of writing a parallel novella-length essay of my own (like I did last time) is to quibble.”
“But the common law was involute, overformalized, and fiction-ridden not because it was changeless, but precisely because it was constantly changing.”
“The possible moves being not only manifold but involute, the chances of such oversights are multiplied; and in nine cases out of ten it is the more concentrative rather than the more acute player who conquers.”
““But why should they?” persisted Cowperwood, charmed and interested by the involute character of her logic.”
“There are compromises of the spirit too elusive and subtle to be traced in all their involute windings.”
“The term "free threshing" is also applied to the involute glumes of some West African guinea sorghums.”
“The sort of person given to staging extravagant parabolical dramas or writing out involute private imaginings is usually at a bit of a loss among artisans of more practical fantasies; or, often enough, their victim.”
“Then even that sound ceased as she fell, insensate, to the floor roiling with involute energy.”
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