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Involution   Listen

Reduction in size of an organ or part (as in the return of the uterus to normal size after childbirth).
A long and intricate and complicated grammatical construction.
Marked by elaborately complex detail.  Synonyms: elaborateness, elaboration, intricacy.
The act of sharing in the activities of a group.  Synonyms: engagement, involvement, participation.
The process of raising a quantity to some assigned power.  Synonym: exponentiation.
The action of enfolding something.  Synonym: enfolding.

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"Involution" Quotes from Famous Books

... I was so affected by this inward involution of sentiments, so softened by this sight, that now, betrayed into a sudden transition from extreme fears to extreme desires, I found these last so strong upon me, the heat of the weather too perhaps conspiring to exalt their ...
— Memoirs Of Fanny Hill - A New and Genuine Edition from the Original Text (London, 1749) • John Cleland

... This involution of causes sometimes affects the most serious events of history. This, at any rate, was the opinion of the town of Genoa, where, to some women, the extreme reserve, the melancholy of the French Consul could be explained only by the word passion. It may be remarked, in passing, that ...
— Honorine • Honore de Balzac

... plant seeds of true manhood in the hearts of the people, we recognize the fact that there must be a going-out and a taking-in. The involution of the race must precede its evolution. It therefore requires time to see fruits. Time will tell; it is already telling. With boards devising, and schools, churches, and pastors formulating, methods to bring about the solution of the ...
— American Missionary - Volume 50, No. 9, September, 1896 • Various

... few would not call confidence in testimony where probabilities were nearly balanced, by the name of faith rather than reason, though an act of reason is involved in that process. We are much more anxious to show their general involution with one another than the points of discrimination ...
— Reason and Faith; Their Claims and Conflicts • Henry Rogers

... denotes, quite neutrally, the production of a multiplicity from a unity, in which the former has lain confined, no matter whether this multiplicity and its procession signify enhancement or attenuation. For the most part, in fact, involution, complicatio (which, moreover, always means merely a primal, germinal condition, never, as in Leibnitz, the return thereto) represents the more perfect condition. The chief examples of the relation of ...
— History Of Modern Philosophy - From Nicolas of Cusa to the Present Time • Richard Falckenberg

Words linked to "Involution" :   change of shape, involve, operation, intercession, group action, biological process, nonparticipation, commitment, grammatical construction, complexity, complexness, non-involvement, non-engagement, exponentiation, intervention, elaborateness, expression, intricacy, construction, group participation, mathematical operation, organic process, mathematical process

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