a whirlwind or something resembling a whirlwind.
a firework that rises spirally.
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
< Middle French to
< Vulgar Latin *turbiliōnem,
dissimilated variant of *turbiniōnem,
accusative of *turbiniō
whirlwind. See turbine