Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 248 (Complex curvature)

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#248. [Complex curvature.] Convolution. -- N. winding &c. v.; convolution, involution, circumvolution; wave, undulation, tortuosity, anfractuosity[obs]; sinuosity, sinuation[obs]; meandering, circuit, circumbendibus[obs], twist, twirl, windings and turnings, ambages[obs]; torsion; inosculation[obs]; reticulation &c. (crossing) 219; rivulation[obs]; roughness &c. 256.

coil, roll, curl; buckle, spiral, helix, corkscrew, worm, volute, rundle; tendril; scollop[obs], scallop, escalop[obs]; kink; ammonite, snakestone[obs].

serpent, eel, maze, labyrinth.


V. be convoluted &c. adj.;wind, twine, turn and twist, twirl; wave, undulate, meander; inosculate[obs]; entwine, intwine[obs]; twist, coil, roll; wrinkle, curl, crisp, twill; frizzle; crimp, crape, indent, scollop[obs], scallop, wring, intort[obs]; contort; wreathe &c. (cross) 219.

Adj. convoluted; winding, twisted &c. v.; tortile[obs], tortive|; wavy; undated, undulatory; circling, snaky, snake-like, serpentine; serpent, anguill[obs], vermiform; vermicular; mazy, tortuous, sinuous, flexuous, anfractuous[obs], reclivate[obs], rivulose[obs], scolecoid[obs]; sigmoid, sigmoidal[Geom]; spiriferous[obs], spiroid[obs];

involved, intricate, complicated, perplexed; labyrinth, labyrinthic[obs], labyrinthian[obs], labyrinthine; peristaltic; daedalian[obs]; kinky, knotted.

wreathy[obs], frizzly, crepe, buckled; raveled &c. (in disorder) 59.

spiral, coiled, helical; cochleate, cochleous; screw-shaped; turbinated, turbiniform[obs].

Adv. in and out, round and round; a can of worms; Gordian knot.