- Obs. a whirlwind
- a fireworks device that rises with a spiral motion
Origin of tourbillionLate Middle English turbilloun ; from Middle French tourbillon, whirlwind, altered ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form turbinio ; from Classical Latin turbo: see turbine
- a. A whirlwind.b. A vortex, as of a whirlwind or whirlpool.
- A skyrocket that has a spiral flight.
Origin of tourbillionMiddle English turbilloun, from Old French torbeillon, ultimately from Latin turb&omacron;, from Greek turb&emacron;, noise, confusion; see turbid.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.