Tumble
Tumble Tum"ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tumbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tumbling}.] [OE. tumblen, AS. tumbian to turn heels over head, to dance violently; akin to D. tuimelen to fall, Sw. tumla, Dan. tumle, Icel. tumba; and cf. G. taumeln to reel, to stagger.] 1. To roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about; as, a person on pain tumbles and tosses. [1913 Webster]

2. To roll down; to fall suddenly and violently; to be precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold. [1913 Webster]

He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill. --South. [1913 Webster]

3. To play tricks by various movements and contortions of the body; to perform the feats of an acrobat. --Rowe. [1913 Webster]

{To tumble home} (Naut.), to incline inward, as the sides of a vessel, above the bends or extreme breadth; -- used esp. in the phrase tumbling home. Cf. {Wall-sided}. [1913 Webster]


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  • tumble — [tum′bəl] vi. tumbled, tumbling [ME tumblen, freq. of tumben < OE tumbian, to fall, jump, dance; akin to Ger tummeln, taumeln < OHG * tumalon, freq. of tumon, to turn < IE base * dheu , to be turbid > DULL] 1. to do somersaults,… …   English World dictionary

  • Tumble — Tum ble, v. t. 1. To turn over; to turn or throw about, as for examination or search; to roll or move in a rough, coarse, or unceremonious manner; to throw down or headlong; to precipitate; sometimes with over, about, etc.; as, to tumble books or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tumble — (v.) c.1300, to perform as an acrobat, also to fall down, perhaps from a frequentative form of O.E. tumbian dance about, of unknown origin. Related to M.L.G. tummelen to turn, dance, Du. tuimelen to tumble, O.H.G. tumon, Ger. taumeln to turn,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tumble — ► VERB 1) fall suddenly, clumsily, or headlong. 2) move in a headlong manner. 3) decrease rapidly in amount or value. 4) rumple; disarrange. 5) (tumble to) informal come to understand; realize. ► NOUN 1) …   English terms dictionary

  • Tumble — Tum ble, n. Act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • tumble — I n. (colloq.) fall 1) to take a tumble 2) a bad, nasty tumble (she took a nasty tumble) 3) a tumble from sign of recognition 4) to give smb. a tumble (they wouldn t give us a tumble) II v. 1) (d; intr.) to tumble into (to tumble into bed) 2) (d; …   Combinatory dictionary

  • tumble — I UK [ˈtʌmb(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms tumble : present tense I/you/we/they tumble he/she/it tumbles present participle tumbling past tense tumbled past participle tumbled 1) if a price or value tumbles, it suddenly becomes much… …   English dictionary

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