Definitions

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

Etymologies

From French tourbillon ‘whirlwind’. (Wiktionary)

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.

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  • 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".

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  • Seriously, I am very glad that you are whirled in that 'tourbillon' of pleasures; they smooth, polish, and rub off rough corners: perhaps too, you have some particular COLLISION, which is still more effectual.

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  • The model requires an extensive team of watchmakers who take months to meticulously assemble the tiny, perfectly formed and finished components, including a tourbillon—a device adapted from pocket watches that ensures constant, exact timekeeping—and the facility to chime the hours and minutes with the push of a button.

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  • The Volt is powered through the front wheels by a tourbillon of electric motors and a 1. 4-liter in-line four-cylinder engine.

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  • Mr. Carcelle had become a venerable presence for Vuitton, transforming it from a dusty trunk maker into a luxury behemoth selling products as diverse as key chains and tourbillon watches.

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  • It is a tourbillon made to withstand the shocks and abuses of The Entrepreneur's most important selling tool: A round of golf.

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