Tumbler Tum"bler, n. 1. One who tumbles; one who plays tricks by various motions of the body; an acrobat. [1913 Webster]

2. A movable obstruction in a lock, consisting of a lever, latch, wheel, slide, or the like, which must be adjusted to a particular position by a key or other means before the bolt can be thrown in locking or unlocking. [1913 Webster]

3. (Firearms) A piece attached to, or forming part of, the hammer of a gunlock, upon which the mainspring acts and in which are the notches for sear point to enter. [1913 Webster]

4. A drinking glass, without a foot or stem; -- so called because originally it had a pointed or convex base, and could not be set down with any liquor in it, thus compelling the drinker to finish his measure. [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) A variety of the domestic pigeon remarkable for its habit of tumbling, or turning somersaults, during its flight. [1913 Webster]

6. (Zo["o]l.) A breed of dogs that tumble when pursuing game. They were formerly used in hunting rabbits. [1913 Webster]

7. A kind of cart; a tumbrel. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • tumbler — (n.) mid 14c., acrobat, agent noun from TUMBLE (Cf. tumble) (v.). A fem. form was tumbester (late 14c.). Meaning drinking glass is recorded from 1660s, originally a glass with a rounded or pointed bottom which would cause it to tumble, and thus… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tumbler — ► NOUN 1) a drinking glass with straight sides and no handle or stem. [ORIGIN: formerly having a rounded bottom so as not to stand upright.] 2) an acrobat. 3) a pivoted piece in a lock that holds the bolt until lifted by a key. 4) an electrical… …   English terms dictionary

  • tumbler — [tum′blər] n. 1. an acrobat or gymnast who does somersaults, handsprings, etc. 2. a dog, such as a small greyhound, formerly trained to seize rabbits after attracting their attention by tumbling about acrobatically 3. a kind of pigeon that does… …   English World dictionary

  • tumbler — [[t]tʌ̱mblə(r)[/t]] tumblers 1) N COUNT A tumbler is a drinking glass with straight sides. He took a tumbler from a cupboard. N COUNT: usu N of n The contents of a tumbler can be referred to as a tumbler of something. Add a few drops to half a… …   English dictionary

  • tumbler — UK [ˈtʌmblə(r)] / US [ˈtʌmblər] noun [countable] Word forms tumbler : singular tumbler plural tumblers 1) a) a drinking glass without a handle or stem b) the amount of drink that a tumbler can contain 2) old fashioned someone who does a… …   English dictionary

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  • tumbler — noun Date: 14th century 1. one that tumbles: as a. one who performs tumbling feats ; acrobat b. any of various domestic pigeons that tumble or somersault backward in flight or on the ground 2. a drinking glass without foot or stem and originally… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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