Adjective "volute" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A spiral scroll characteristic of Ionic capitals and also used in Corinthian and composite capitals.
  1. 'The city was gloriously clean, its classical columns and pediments and its baroque scrolls and volutes now clearly delineated by the shadows cast by an oblique sun on their pale surfaces.'
  2. 'The only other pieces close in date to it are two composite capitals (also from the mid-10th century) in the third room, one labeled ‘Corinthian’ for some reason, although Ionic volutes are just as prominent as acanthus leaves.'
A deep-water marine mollusc with a thick colourful spiral shell which is prized by collectors.


    Forming a spiral curve or curves.
    1. 'The incised design preserves the upper part of a representational scene that takes place beneath a pillared portico supported on either side by ornate lotus, papyrus, and volute capitals.'


    1. a spiral or twisted formation or object.

    2. Architecture. a spiral ornament, found especially in the capitals of the Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite orders.

    3. Carpentry. a horizontal scrolled termination to the handrail of a stair.

    4. Zoology. a turn or whorl of a spiral shell. any of various tropical marine gastropods of the family Volutidae, many species of which have shells prized for their coloration.

    5. the spiral casing surrounding the impeller of a volute pump. adjecti

    More examples(as adjective)

    "capitals can be volute."

    "headstocks can be volute."


    Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin voluta, feminine past participle of volvere ‘to roll’.