involute
I. adjective Etymology: Latin involutus concealed, from past participle of involvere Date: 1661 1. a. curled spirally b. (1) curled or curved inward (2) having the edges rolled over the upper surface toward the midrib <
an involute leaf
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c. having the form of an involute <
a gear with involute teeth
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2. involved, intricate II. noun Date: circa 1796 a curve traced by a point on a thread kept taut as it is unwound from another curve <
involute of a circle
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III. intransitive verb (-luted; -luting) Date: 1816 1. to become involute 2. a. to return to a former condition b. to become cleared up ; disappear

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  • involute — [in′və lo͞ot΄] adj. [L involutus, pp. of involvere, INVOLVE] 1. intricate; involved 2. rolled up or curled in a spiral; having whorls wound closely around the axis [involute shells] 3. Bot. rolled inward at the edges [involute leaves] n. Math …   English World dictionary

  • Involute — In vo*lute, Involuted In vo*lu ted, a. [L. involutus, p. p. of involvere. See {Involve}.] 1. (Bot.) Rolled inward from the edges; said of leaves in vernation, or of the petals of flowers in [ae]stivation. Gray. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) (a)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Involute — In vo*lute, n. (Geom.) A curve traced by the end of a string wound upon another curve, or unwound from it; called also {evolvent}. See {Evolute}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • involute — index elaborate, inextricable, labyrinthine, sinuous, snarl Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • Involute — In the differential geometry of curves, an involute of a smooth curve is another curve, obtained by attaching an imaginary taut string to the given curve and tracing its free end as it is wound onto that given curve; or in reverse, unwound. It is …   Wikipedia

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