Convolution Con`vo*lu"tion, n. 1. The act of rolling anything upon itself, or one thing upon another; a winding motion. [1913 Webster]

O'er the calm sea, in convolution swift, The feathered eddy floats. --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being rolled upon itself, or rolled or doubled together; a tortuous or sinuous winding or fold, as of something rolled or folded upon itself. --Blackmore. [1913 Webster]

3. (Anat.) An irregular, tortuous folding of an organ or part; as, the convolutions of the intestines; the cerebral convolutions. See {Brain}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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