Meaning of convolve in English:


Pronunciation /kənˈvɒlv/

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[with object]
  • 1 rare Roll or coil together; entwine.

  • 2Mathematics
    Combine (one function or series) with another by forming their convolution.

    ‘It is important to recognize the distinction between the PRC here and the infinitesimal PRC that, in theory, could be convolved with the waveform of the perturbation to obtain the total resetting.’
    • ‘Thus, model fluorescence data was blurred by convolving it with the triple Gaussian approximation of the PSF of the objective.’
    • ‘The theoretical Normal distribution was then convolved to B to obtain A, which was then compared to the open-channel amplitude PDF.’
    • ‘If you've got the time to troll for sounds, then take your unusual impulse file and convolve it against a large number of target files using the program's batch processor.’
    • ‘Fig.4 B shows the filtered flow obtained by convolving matches from the first seven frames of the FSM movie, overlaid on the first frame.’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘enclose in folds’): from Latin convolvere ‘roll together’, from con- ‘together’ + volvere ‘roll’.