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Involution  n.  
The act of involving or infolding.
The state of being entangled or involved; complication; entanglement. "All things are mixed, and causes blended, by mutual involutions."
That in which anything is involved, folded, or wrapped; envelope.
(Gram.) The insertion of one or more clauses between the subject and the verb, in a way that involves or complicates the construction.
(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.
(Geom.) The relation which exists between three or more sets of points, a.a´, b.b´, c.c´, so related to a point O on the line, that the product Oa.Oa´ = Ob.Ob´ = Oc.Oc´ is constant. Sets of lines or surfaces possessing corresponding properties may be in involution.
(Med.) The return of an enlarged part or organ to its normal size, as of the uterus after pregnancy.

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"Involution" Quotes from Famous Books

... had had no innings up to this point, was now embarked upon a most congenial occupation. Wrestling with the Lord on behalf of the heathen, he lost count of time. On and on the prayer wound its slow way; involution after involution, coil after coil, like a snake, the Boy thought, lazing in the sun. Unaccustomed knees ...
— The Magnetic North • Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)

... essentials of synthetic projective geometry. While, in the main, the theory is developed along the well-beaten track laid out by the great masters of the subject, it is believed that there has been a slight smoothing of the road in some places. Especially will this be observed in the chapter on Involution. The author has never felt satisfied with the usual treatment of that subject by means of circles and anharmonic ratios. A purely projective notion ought not to be based on metrical foundations. Metrical developments should be made there, as elsewhere ...
— An Elementary Course in Synthetic Projective Geometry • Lehmer, Derrick Norman

... very moody for a few minutes; then his brow brightened. Faith's straightforward truth had served her as well as the most exquisite piece of involution. The doctor could not very well see the face with which her words were spoken and had to make up ...
— Say and Seal, Volume I • Susan Warner

... Involution and Evolution express the two-fold process of the One Law of Development, corresponding to the two planes of being, ...
— The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul - The Findings of Natural Science Reduced to Practical Studies - in Psychology • Jirah D. Buck

... weeks it resumes the position occupied before conception, regains approximately its original dimensions, and weighs two ounces. We speak of the process which leads to these results as the involution of the uterus. Since a great deal depends upon the rapidity with which involution progresses, we must understand just what it is and how it may ...
— The Prospective Mother - A Handbook for Women During Pregnancy • J. Morris Slemons

... of the Peripatetics. And therefore I say that when the human seed falls into its receptacle, that is, into the matrix, it bears with it the virtue or power of the generative Soul, and the virtue or power of Heaven, and the virtue or power of the aliments united or bound together, that is the involution or complex nature of the seed. It matures and prepares the material for the formative power or virtue which the generating Soul bestows; and the formative power or virtue prepares the organs for the celestial virtue or power, which produces, from the power of the seed, the Soul in ...
— The Banquet (Il Convito) • Dante Alighieri

... directed in those channels which it seeks at the least expense to security and stability. Surely it is not conceding too much to this spirit to admit, that laws should be composed in accurate but perspicuous language, without redundancy of words or involution of sentences; that the policy of public measures should not be wrapt up in the folds of State mystery; and that all legislation should be based upon the principle of leaving the greatest liberty of private ...
— An Essay on Professional Ethics - Second Edition • George Sharswood

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