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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
1470-1480
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.