- a game in which a toplike object is spun, thrown, and caught by or balanced on and whirled along a string the ends of which are fastened to the ends of two sticks that are manipulated by hand.
- the top used in this game.
Compare yo-yo(def 1).
Origin of diabolo
1905–10; < Italian: literally, devil
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Examples from the Web for diabolo
They are the dicone (the shape of a diabolo) and the cylinder.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
What you call Socialism is his intellectual equivalent for Diabolo and Limerick competitions.Letters of Travel (1892-1913)
All things and all thoughts come back in this play like the top spun by a skilful player of diabolo.August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt</p>
L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
Segovia still carries on her shield this "Puente del diabolo," with the head of a Roman peering above it.Cathedrals of Spain</p>
John A. (John Allyne) Gade
We invented and played at 'Diabolo' when the Britons were painted blue and lived in the woods.Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches
- a game in which one throws and catches a spinning top on a cord fastened to two sticks held in the hands
- the top used in this game
C20: from Italian, literally: devil
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