1. rolled longitudinally upon itself;
- Example: "a convolute petal"
[syn: convolute, convoluted]
2. highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious;
- Example: "the Byzantine tax structure"
- Example: "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship"
- Example: "convoluted legal language"
- Example: "convoluted reasoning"
- Example: "the plot was too involved"
- Example: "a knotty problem"
- Example: "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"
- Example: "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott
- Example: "tortuous legal procedures"
- Example: "tortuous negotiations lasting for months"
[syn: Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuous]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Convoluted \Con"vo*lu`ted\, a. 1. Having convolutions. [1913 Webster] beaks recurved and convoluted like a ram's horn. --Pennant. [1913 Webster] 2. Folded in tortuous windings. [1913 Webster] A highly convoluted brain. --North Amer. Rev. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
coiled \coiled\ (koild), adj. curled or wound especially in concentric rings or spirals; as, a coiled snake ready to strike; the rope lay coiled on the deck. Opposite of uncoiled. Note: [Narrower terms: coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, volute, voluted, whorled; convolute rolled longitudinally upon itself;curled, curled up; involute closely coiled so that the axis is obscured); looped, whorled; twined, twisted; convoluted; involute, rolled esp of petals or leaves in bud: having margins rolled inward); wound] [WordNet 1.5]