American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who performs on a tightrope or a slack rope.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A performer on a stretched rope; a rope-walker or rope-dancer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A ropewalker or ropedancer.
- n. an acrobat who performs on a tightrope or slack rope
- From French funambule or its source, Latin funambulus, from funis ‘rope’ + ambulare ‘walk’. (Wiktionary)
- From Latin fūnambulus : fūnis, rope + ambulāre, to walk. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Having looked in up, in retrospect “funambulist” sounds far more interesting than the common term  most people use.”
“Having looked in up, in retrospect “funambulist” sounds far more interesting than the common term most people use.”
“It begins by referring to the “funambulist” at the heart of the novel.”
“~~~~~~~French Vocabulary~~~~~ tchatche (tchatcher) = to chat; la brocante (f) = second-hand goods, fleamarket; le brocanteur (m) = seller at a fleamarket; portugais = Portugeuse; français = French; le funambulist = tightrope walker; le pichet = pitcher; le papier (m) à bulles = plastic wrap with "bubbles”
“It's an extraordinary quality bartenders have; a bar or, in this case, a lounge, can be quite adverse and hectic and easily become chaotic, yet bartenders - good bartenders, that is, go about the storm of hands and impatient glares and fidgets with a frightful calm, riding a teetering wire between cordiality of social obligation and quickness and precision of hand with the balance of a world-class funambulist.”
“That the scion of one of the oldest-established funambulist families in the land should come to this, should give up this gay life of sawdust, music, sequins, and romance to become a bean-counter.”
“The bow (like the funambulist with the soles of his slippers fresh chalked) kept glancing on and off, till we hoped he would be off altogether and break his neck; and now the least harsh and grating of the cords snaps up in the fiddler's face, and a crude one is to be applied; and now -- but what is the use of pursuing the description?”
“Sometimes a thrill of delicious sensation would pass through the audience when the funambulist missed his footing and was dashed dead on the orchestra, or the boy tumbled from his balanced pole and broke a leg.”
“Persian poet who left out all the A's (as well as the poetry) in his verses, or of that other French funambulist whose sonnet in honour of”
“A funambulist may harass his muscles and risk his neck on the tight-rope, but hardly to entertain his own family.”
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