Involucret to Ionic

(In`vo*lu"cret) n. (Bot.) An involucel.

(||In`vo*lu"crum) n.; pl. L. Involucra E. Involucrums [L. See Involucre.]

1. (Bot.) See Involucre.

2. (Zoöl.) A sheath which surrounds the base of the lasso cells in the Siphonophora.

(In*vol"un*ta*ri*ly) adv. [From Involuntary.] In an involuntary manner; not voluntarily; not intentionally or willingly.

(In*vol"un*ta*ri*ness) n. The quality or state of being involuntary; unwillingness; automatism.

(In*vol"un*ta*ry) a. [L. involuntarius. See In- not, and Voluntary.]

1. Not having will or the power of choice.

2. Not under the influence or control of the will; not voluntary; as, the involuntary movements of the body; involuntary muscle fibers.

3. Not proceeding from choice; done unwillingly; reluctant; compulsory; as, involuntary submission.

(In"vo*lute In"vo*lu`ted) a. [L. involutus, p. p. of involvere. See Involve.]

1. (Bot.) Rolled inward from the edges; — said of leaves in vernation, or of the petals of flowers in æstivation. Gray.

2. (Zoöl.) (a) Turned inward at the margin, as the exterior lip of the Cyprea. (b) Rolled inward spirally.

(In"vo*lute), n. (Geom.) A curve traced by the end of a string wound upon another curve, or unwound from it; — called also evolvent. See Evolute.

(In`vo*lu"tion) n. [L. involutio: cf. F. involution. See Involve.]

1. The act of involving or infolding.

2. The state of being entangled or involved; complication; entanglement.

All things are mixed, and causes blended, by mutual involutions.

3. That in which anything is involved, folded, or wrapped; envelope. Sir T. Browne.

4. (Gram.) The insertion of one or more clauses between the subject and the verb, in a way that involves or complicates the construction.

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

7. (Med.) The return of an enlarged part or organ to its normal size, as of the uterus after pregnancy.

(In*volve") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Involved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Involving.] [L. involvere, involutum, to roll about, wrap up; pref. in- in + volvere to roll: cf. OF. involver. See Voluble, and cf. Involute.]

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