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From Latin volutatio, from volutare (to roll, wallow), verb frequentative volvere, volutum (to roll).


volutation (plural volutations)

  1. A rolling or wallowing.
    • 1658, Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus
      For spherical bodies move by fives, and every globular figure placed upon a plane, in direct volutation, returns to the first point of contaction in the fifth touch, accounting by the axes of the diameters or cardinal points of the four quarters

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “volutation” in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)