What does involution mean?

Definitions for involution
ˌɪn vəˈlu ʃənin·vo·lu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. involutionnoun

    reduction in size of an organ or part (as in the return of the uterus to normal size after childbirth)

  2. involutionnoun

    a long and intricate and complicated grammatical construction

  3. elaborateness, elaboration, intricacy, involutionnoun

    marked by elaborately complex detail

  4. engagement, participation, involvement, involutionnoun

    the act of sharing in the activities of a group

    "the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"

  5. exponentiation, involutionnoun

    the process of raising a quantity to some assigned power

  6. involution, enfoldingnoun

    the action of enfolding something


  1. involutionnoun

    entanglement; a spiralling inwards; intricacy

  2. involutionnoun

    An endofunction whose square is equal to the identity function; a function equal to its inverse.

  3. involutionnoun

    The regressive changes in the body occurring with old age.

  4. involutionnoun

    A power: the result of raising one number to the power of another.

  5. Etymology: From Latin involutio, from volvere ‘to roll’.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Involutionnoun

    Etymology: involutio, Latin.

    All things are mixed, and causes blended by mutual involutions. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. 23.

    Great conceits are raised of the involution or membranous covering called the silly-how, sometimes found about the heads of children. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. v.


  1. involution

    In mathematics and abstract algebra, an involution is an operation, function, or transformation that is its own inverse, meaning when applied twice, it returns the original value. In other words, if the function is denoted as "f," then f(f(x)) = x for every element x in the space where the function is defined.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Involutionnoun

    the act of involving or infolding

  2. Involutionnoun

    the state of being entangled or involved; complication; entanglement

  3. Involutionnoun

    that in which anything is involved, folded, or wrapped; envelope

  4. Involutionnoun

    the insertion of one or more clauses between the subject and the verb, in a way that involves or complicates the construction

  5. Involutionnoun

    the act or process of raising a quantity to any power assigned; the multiplication of a quantity into itself a given number of times; -- the reverse of evolution

  6. Involutionnoun

    the relation which exists between three or more sets of points, a.a', b.b', c.c', so related to a point O on the line, that the product Oa.Oa' = Ob.Ob' = Oc.Oc' is constant. Sets of lines or surfaces possessing corresponding properties may be in involution

  7. Involutionnoun

    the return of an enlarged part or organ to its normal size, as of the uterus after pregnancy

  8. Etymology: [L. involutio: cf. F. involution. See Involve.]


  1. Involution

    In mathematics, an involution, or an involutary function, is a function f that is its own inverse:

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of involution in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of involution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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