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1. a carved ornament, esp as used on an Ionic capital, that has the form of a spiral scroll
2. any of the whorls of the spirally coiled shell of a snail or similar gastropod mollusc
3. any tropical marine gastropod mollusc of the family Volutidae, typically having a spiral shell with beautiful markings
4. a tangential part, resembling the volute of a snail's shell, that collects the fluids emerging from the periphery of a turbine, impeller pump, etc.
5. Machinery moving in a spiral path
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
A spiral, scroll-like ornament having a twisted or rolled shape, found most often on the capital of the Ionic column.
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A spiral casing for a centrifugal pump or a fan designed so that speed will be converted to pressure without shock.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. A spiral scroll, as on Ionic, Corinthian, or Composite capitals, or on consoles, etc.
2. A stair crook having an easement with a spiral section of stair rail.
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