[ too r-bil-yuh n ]
/ tʊərˈbɪl yən /
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.
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Cover it with two thicknesses of pasted paper, like the tourbillion.The Pyrotechnist's Treasury|Thomas Kentish
British Dictionary definitions for tourbillion
/ (tʊəˈbɪljən) /
a rare word for whirlwind
Word Origin for tourbillion
C15: from French tourbillon, ultimately from Latin turbō something that spins, from turbāre to confuse
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