from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An acrobatic stunt in which the body rolls forward or backward in a complete revolution with the knees bent and the feet coming over the head. Also called somerset; also called regionally tumbleset.
- n. A complete reversal, as of sympathies or opinions.
- intransitive v. To execute a somersault.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In gymnastics, an act where the gymnast turns head over heels
- v. To perform a somersault.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A leap in which a person turns his heels over his head and lights upon his feet; a turning end over end.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spring or fling in which a person turns heels over head; a complete turn in the air, such as is performed by tumblers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return
- v. do a somersault
“I know a lot of people are in somersault land,” Representative Rahm Emanuel, Democrat of Illinois and chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said reproachfully of fellow Democrats.
Except he just did some kind of somersault which looked much more agile than anything anyone would have expected of him.
Apparently he decided to "somersault" off the bed in the middle of the night and ended up with a bloody nose.
The National Party's "somersault" on the indemnity issue indicates that it has caved in to the African National Congress, the Conservative Party said in a statement in Pretoria on
The youth leader said the SABC's "somersault" in deciding to continue screening the programme was evident of the corporation's weakness under pressure from the South African Communist Party and the ANC.
From these more or less contemptuous views of mankind at large Mr. Channing turns with a kind of somersault to an intense admiration for Thoreau.
I suppose she forgot to keep her neck thrown back, or to draw in her breath properly; at any rate, up went her heels, and down went her head, and she seemed suddenly to turn a kind of somersault in the water.
The thought roused him to still greater exertions, and at last by a heroic effort he succeeded in turning a kind of somersault in his cold prison, which had the happy result of putting his head where his heels had been.
Chicory turned a rough kind of somersault as he caught sight of his brother sitting up and doing that which was dear to Chicory's own heart -- eating; and as there was a good share of food beside Coffee, the tired brother made no scruple about going to join him and help him eat.
Look you, if you plant a bullet just below an Indian's navel, you will see him do a double somersault, which is more wonderful to behold than any circus performance you ever saw. "
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