Definitions

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  • n. The practice of jumping into the sea or similar body of water from a cliff or other high point such that the jumper enters the water vertically straight, like a tombstone
  • n. An unwanted effect in the manufacture of electronic circuit boards, in which a component stands up on end instead of lying flat
  • n. In page layout, putting articles side by side so that the headlines are adjacent. The phenomenon is also referred to as bumping heads.
  • n. In highway driving, a blockage in traffic caused by a semi-trailer truck attempting to pass another with insufficient acceleration.
  • v. Present participle of tombstone.

Etymologies

tombstone +‎ -ing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Etymology: In the early days of Windows Phone development, long before someone coined the term tombstoning, we would test how XNA handled app suspension by pressing the lock button.

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  • When users navigate away from an application, Windows Phone 7 7 will terminate the app in a process called "tombstoning" - however, when users return to the application, it's previous state will be restored so users can pick up where they left off.

    Digital Trends

  • Footballer, 20, breaks his back 'tombstoning' off Cyprus cliff A talented footballer broke his back in a 30ft plunge while 'tombstoning' - diving off a cliff into the sea - in Cyprus I fear losing benefits, says carnival attack hero The 'have-a-go-hero' who tried to stop an armed suspect at the Notting Hill Carnival says he fears he could lose his disability benefits as...

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  • The unnamed man, taking part in a practice known as tombstoning, narrowly escaped crashing onto the dangerous rocks below him

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • Footballer, 20, breaks his back 'tombstoning' off Cyprus cliff A talented footballer broke his back in a 30ft plunge while 'tombstoning' - diving off a cliff into the sea - in Cyprus Digger driver returned to the earth by JCB A former digger driver who died at the age of 78 was taken to his final resting place in the bucket of a JCB Queen's guard held with wife on child rape charge One of the Queen's guardsmen and his primary school teacher wife have been arrested and charged on suspicion of raping a girl under the age...

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  • Footballer, 20, breaks his back 'tombstoning' off Cyprus cliff A talented footballer broke his back in a 30ft plunge while 'tombstoning' - diving off a cliff into the sea - in Cyprus Digger driver returned to the earth by JCB A former digger driver who died at the age of 78 was taken to his final resting place in the bucket of a JCB Darling attacks 'stupid' bankers in his memoirs Former chancellor Alistair Darling brands the bankers who caused the financial crash 'arrogant and stupid' in his forthcoming memoirs, it is...

    Evening Standard - Home

  • Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images HEAD-FIRST: A boy jumped from a sea wall, in a practice known as "tombstoning," in Hastings, England, Wednesday.

    Today's Photos: Aug. 19

  • Ontario MP Paul Morrison explains: We've read that identity thieves sometimes practice 'tombstoning' — copying the names and dates from gravestones and creating false identities with the information.

    Oh, Canada!

  • Man photographed in 30m tombstoning plunge THE adrenalin craze of "tombstoning" has been condemned in the UK after a man leapt 30m from a towering sea cliff.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • A process internally dubbed "tombstoning" will save your state in an application so you can return to it without losing your place, but processes won't run in the background.

    Digital Trends

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  • Got it! Thanks. Bet you're tired of explaining that. :-)

    September 6, 2007

  • The "u" is long. Shoomit!

    September 6, 2007

  • Great name, sumit, despite all your troubles. I commiserate--in real life, my given name is mispronounced so often that I'm surprised when someone pronounces it correctly. :-)

    So now I'm curious: the "s" in your name is pronounced like "sh," but about the "u"? Is it long or short?

    August 28, 2007

  • Ah, the confusion between summit and Sumit (which is my real name as well as my username) has plagued me all my life. Despite the number of words beginning "su" that are pronounced "shu" (sugar, sure etc.) the similarity with summit means people always pronounce my name incorrectly and it sometimes takes years to persuade them otherwise. Oh, and sumit.com is owned by Summit Research Labs of Princeton, New Jersey. Thanks, guys!

    August 28, 2007

  • I have to admit, I think that it's great that your username is sumit and you're talking about people jumping off cliffs. Just thought that it should be noted. :)

    August 6, 2007

  • Among other things, "an extreme sport involving diving off a fixed point such as sea harbour walls, bridges, rocks and cliff faces into water. The sport's origins can be traced to United Kingdom's West Country." Why this merits a particular name -- and for that matter, how it can be described as a "sport" -- is a bit of a mystery to me. It's an appropriate name, though, since people keep killing themselves doing it.

    August 6, 2007