- Metallurgy. a device formerly used for inducing a blast of air upon the hearth of a forge by means of a current of falling water.
Origin of trompe
Borrowed into English from French around 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for trompe
Crane: take off the wings, but not the trompe in his breast.
Master of water, for he had converted the little cascade into a "trompe."Toilers of the Sea
Mais je me trompe: le Bouddha ne prétendait jamais fonder une réligion.
La poste transporte done des journaux dont le poids, si je ne me trompe, est de 900 kilogrammes.The Development of Rates of Postage
A. D. Smith
La philosophie qui nous promet de nous rendre heureux, trompe—Philosophy, so far as she promises us happiness, deceives us.
- an apparatus for supplying the blast of air in a forge, consisting of a thin column down which water falls, drawing in air through side openings
C19: from French, literally: trumpet
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