[too r-bil-yuh n]
- a whirlwind or something resembling a whirlwind.
- a firework that rises spirally.
- Horology. a frame for the escapement of a timepiece, especially a watch, geared to the going train in such a way as to rotate the escapement about once a minute in order to minimize positional error.
Origin of tourbillion
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Cover it with two thicknesses of pasted paper, like the tourbillion.The Pyrotechnist's Treasury
- a rare word for whirlwind
C15: from French tourbillon, ultimately from Latin turbō something that spins, from turbāre to confuse