Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
devolutum, to roll down;
volvereto roll down;
volvereto roll. See
To roll onward or downward; to pass on.
Every headlong stream
Devolvesits winding waters to the main.
Devolvedhis rounded periods.
To transfer from one person to another; to deliver over; to hand down; – generally with upon, sometimes with to or into.
devolveda considerable share of their power upon their favorite.
devolvedtheir whole authority into the hands of the council of sixty.
To pass by transmission or succession; to be handed over or down; – generally with on or upon, sometimes with to or into;
as, after the general fell, the command.
devolvedupon (or on) the next officer in rank
His estate . . .
devolvedto Lord Somerville.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To roll down; to pour or flow with windings.
Through splendid kingdoms he devolves his maze.
2.To move from one person to another; to deliver over, or from one possessor to a successor.
The king devolved the care and disposition of affairs on the duke or Ormond.