also summersault noun Etymology: Middle French sombresaut leap, ultimately from Latin super over + saltus leap, from salire to jump — more at over, sally Date: circa 1530 a movement (as in gymnastics) in which a person turns forward or backward in a complete revolution along the ground or in the air bringing the feet over the head; also a falling or tumbling head over heels • somersault intransitive verb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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