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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Vo·lute n.
 1. Arch. A spiral scroll which forms the chief feature of the Ionic capital, and which, on a much smaller scale, is a feature in the Corinthian and Composite capitals.  See Illust. of Capital, also Helix, and Stale.
 2. Zool. A spiral turn, as in certain shells.
 3. Zool. Any voluta.
 Volute spiring, a spring formed of a spiral scroll of plate, rod, or wire, extended or extensible in the direction of the axis of the coil, in which direction its elastic force is exerted and employed.