• The characteristic spiral curve on an Ionic capital, widely copied in other styles and in neoclassical architecture.
  • The spirals or whorls on a gastropod's shell.
  • Any marine gastropod of the family Volutidae.
  • The casing in a centrifugal pump, whose shape is somewhat similar to architectural volutes.
  • A spiral or scroll form.
  • A scroll-shaped carving at the tuning head of a stringed musical instrument, similar to architectural volutes.


  • Of a spring: having a spiral curve on its tail.


  • From French volute, from Italian voluta, from Latin volūta, from the feminine of volūtus, perfect passive participle of volvō. vault.

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