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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of involute.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as involute.
  • Having returned to the normal state: noting specifically the uterus after pregnancy.
  • Having undergone the retrograde processes peculiar to old age.


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  • The denouement of "Ghost-Writer" is, in fact, reminiscent of Somerset Maugham, a no-nonsense writer who had no use for James's involuted ambiguities.

    Her Master's Voice From the Other Side

  • But leaving aside its involuted story lines, one might wonder where lies the secret of Mr. Martin's success.

    A Land of Wargs And Yunkishmen

  • You worry about making it structurally and technically cutting edge: involuted in the right ways, making the appropriate intertextual references, making it look smart.

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  • A mind living in isolation turns inward and feeds off of its own compressed energy, becoming baroque, involuted, bonsai.

    World Wide Mind

  • Although these thrillers depict elaborate action, they recast this action as being the involuted imagining of a diseased mind -- or of someone who has lost the will to live.

    Govindini Murty: Charlize Theron's Young Adult and the Crisis of Narcissism in Our Popular Culture

  • As a result, we have writers who range from those who produce what can most charitably described as “mindless entertainment” to those who write books that are so involuted and complex that often a single book is all that they ever publish.

    April « 2008 « L.E. Modesitt, Jr. – The Official Website

  • Overnight, the drug-treated CML cells died, and the tissue-culture flasks filled up with floating husks of involuted leukemia cells.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • He found that if he surgically removed the testicles of his dogs—and thereby depleted the dogs of the hormone testosterone—the prostate gland involuted and shriveled and the fluid secretion dried up precipitously.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • If myc was permanently activated in the embryo, the embryo turned into a ball of overproliferating cells, then involuted and died through unknown mechanisms.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Cells that got the wrong combinations of chromosomes failed to develop or aborted development and involuted and died.

    The Emperor of All Maladies


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