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Meaning of involute

in•vo•lute

Pronunciation: (adj., n.in'vu-lt"v.in"vu-lt', in'vu-lt"), [key]
— adj., n., v., -lut•ed, -lut•ing.
—adj.
  1. intricate; complex.
  2. curled or curved inward or spirally.
  3. rolled inward from the edge, as a leaf.
  4. (of shells) having the whorls closely wound.
—n.
  1. any curve of which a given curve is the evolute.
—v.i.
  1. to roll or curl up; become involute.
  2. to return to a normal shape, size, or state.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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