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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Definitions for tourbillion

  1. a whirlwind or something resembling a whirlwind.
  2. a firework that rises spirally.
  3. 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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Citations for tourbillion
How did it come to be suspended in the sky by some freak of electrical or gravitational vortex, sitting as a tennis ball might do upon a jet of air except on a much larger scale? Perhaps it rested upon a tourbillion of unknown energy. Adam Roberts, Swiftly: A Novel, 2008
The next two weeks were a tourbillion of dinners, dances, museums, art exhibitions and automotive visits to the houses he'd built and of which he was as preening pound as a child with his first assemblage of wooden blocks. T. C. Boyle, The Women, 2009
Origin of tourbillion
Tourbillion entered English from the French tourbillon meaning "whirlwind." Ultimately, it can be traced to the Latin turbō meaning "something that spins." It entered English in the mid-1400s.