What does volute mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spiral, volute(noun)

    ornament consisting of a curve on a plane that winds around a center with an increasing distance from the center

  2. coil, spiral, volute, whorl, helix(adj)

    a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops

    "a coil of rope"

  3. coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, volute, voluted, whorled, turbinate(adj)

    in the shape of a coil


  1. volute(Noun)

    The spiral curve on an Ionic capital.

  2. volute(Noun)

    The spirls or whorls on a gastropod's shell.

  3. volute(Noun)

    Any marine gastropod of the (super)family Volutidae.

  4. Origin: From and , from voluta, from the feminine of volūtus, perfect passive participle of volvō.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Volute(noun)

    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. Volute(noun)

    a spiral turn, as in certain shells

  3. Volute(noun)

    any voluta

  4. Origin: [F. volute (cf. It. voluta), L. voluta, from volvere, volutum, to roll. See Voluble.]


  1. Volute

    A volute is a spiral scroll-like ornament that forms the basis of the Ionic order, found in the capital of the Ionic column. It was later incorporated into Corinthian order and Composite column capitals. Four are normally to be found on an Ionic capital, eight on Composite capitals and smaller versions on the Corinthian capital. The word derives from the Latin voluta. It has been suggested that the ornament was inspired by the curve of a ram's horns, or perhaps was derived from the natural spiral of the ovule of a common species of clover native to Greece. Alternatively, it may simply be of geometrical origins. The ornament is used as an element of Renaissance and Baroque architecture and is a common decoration in furniture design, silver and ceramics. A method of drawing the complex geometry was devised by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius from classical buildings and structures.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Volute

    vō-lūt′, n. a spiral scroll used in the Ionic and Corinthian capitals: a kind of spiral shell, chiefly tropical: whorl of a spiral shell.—adj. (bot.) rolled up in any direction.—adj. Volū′ted, having a volute.—n. Volū′tion, a convolution: a whorl.—adj. Vol′ūtoid, like a volute. [Fr.,—L. volvĕre, volutum, to roll.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of volute in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of volute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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