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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Volute  \Vo*lute"\,  n.  [F.  volute  (cf.  It  voluta),  L.  voluta, 
  from  volvere  volutum  to  roll.  See  {Voluble}.] 
  1.  (Arch.)  A  spiral  scroll  which  forms  the  chief  feature  of 
  the  Ionic  capital,  and  which  on  a  much  smaller  scale,  is 
  a  feature  in  the  Corinthian  and  Composite  capitals.  See 
  Illust.  of  {Capital},  also  {Helix},  and  {Stale}. 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  spiral  turn,  as  in  certain  shells. 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  voluta. 
  {Volute  spiring},  a  spring  formed  of  a  spiral  scroll  of 
  plate,  rod,  or  wire,  extended  or  extensible  in  the 
  direction  of  the  axis  of  the  coil,  in  which  direction  its 
  elastic  force  is  exerted  and  employed. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  in  the  shape  of  a  coil  [syn:  {coiling},  {helical},  {spiral}, 
  {spiraling},  {voluted},  {whorled},  {turbinate}] 
  n  1:  a  curve  on  a  plane  that  winds  around  a  center  with  an 
  increasing  distance  from  the  center  [syn:  {spiral}] 
  2:  something  wound  in  a  continuous  series  of  loops;  "a  coil  of 
  rope"  [syn:  {coil},  {spiral},  {whorl},  {helix}] 

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