Definitions

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  • noun A rotating frame, containing the escapement of a clock or watch, that attempts to compensate for the effects of gravity.

Etymologies

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From French tourbillon ‘whirlwind’.

Examples

  • The mechanical design of the Cabestan, including its tourbillon, is totally transversal.

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  • I have known before what it is to be in what our neighbours have called a tourbillon, but never on such a scale as this.

    The Horror of the Heights

  • I have known before what it is to be in what our neighbours have called a tourbillon, but never on such a scale as this.

    Tales of Terror and Mystery

  • Forestier-Kasapi said the tourbillon was a mechanism that allowed the balance spring to rotate completely in a vertical plane at a speed typically of one complete revolution per minute.

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  • A tourbillon is a rotational device that improves accuracy by counteracting the effects of gravity on the gears of a mechanical watch.

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  • We've just returned home from our two-week west coast "wine and word" tour, or "tourbillon".

    French Word-A-Day:

  • We've just returned home from our two-week west coast "wine and word" tour, or "tourbillon".

    tourbillon - French Word-A-Day

  • We've just returned home from our two-week west coast "wine and word" tour, or "tourbillon".

    French Word-A-Day:

  • We've just returned home from our two-week west coast "wine and word" tour, or "tourbillon".

    tourbillon - French Word-A-Day

  • We've just returned home from our two-week west coast "wine and word" tour, or "tourbillon".

    French Word-A-Day:

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