American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To perform acrobatic feats such as somersaults, rolls, or twists.
- v. To fall or roll end over end: The kittens tumbled over each other.
- v. To spill or roll out in confusion or disorder: Students tumbled out of the bus.
- v. To pitch headlong; fall: tumbled on the ice.
- v. To proceed haphazardly.
- v. To topple, as from power or a high position; fall.
- v. To collapse: The wall tumbled down.
- v. To drop: Prices tumbled.
- v. To come upon accidentally; happen on: We tumbled on a fine restaurant.
- v. Slang To come to a sudden understanding; catch on: tumbled to the reality that he had been cheated.
- v. To cause to fall; bring down: A scandal tumbled the government.
- v. To put, spill, or toss haphazardly: tumbled the extra parts into a box.
- v. To toss or whirl in a drum, tumbler, or tumbling box.
- n. An act of tumbling; a fall.
- n. Confusion; disorder.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To roll about by turning one way and another; toss; pitch about; wallow: as, he tumbles and tosses from pain; the tumbling sea.
- To lose footing or support and fall to the ground; come down suddenly and violently; be precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold.
- To move or go in a rough, careless, or headlong manner.
- To play mountebank tricks by various springs, balancings, posturings, and contortions of the body.
- To dance.
- To fall rapidly, as prices: as, fancy stocks have tumbled.
- To turn in; go to bed.
- Nautical to come up hastily and in a scrambling way through the hatchway on a ship's deck, as a sailor or a number of sailors together: as, the starboard watch tumbled up.
- To turn over; toss about as for examination or search; revolve in one's mind: usually with over.
- To disorder; rumple: as, to tumble bedclothes.
- To throw by chance or with violence; fling; pitch.
- To bring down; overturn or overthrow; cast to the ground; fling headlong.
- To polish by revolution in a tumbling-box.
- n. A fall; a rolling or turning over; a somersault.
- n. A state of entanglement or confusion.
- n. Same as tumbling-box.
- n. A fall
- v. intransitive To fall end over end.
- v. To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.
- v. To roll over and over.
- v. informal To have sexual intercourse.
- v. transitive To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.
- v. To muss, to make disorderly to tousle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about.
- v. To roll down; to fall suddenly and violently; to be precipitated.
- v. To play tricks by various movements and contortions of the body; to perform the feats of an acrobat.
- v. To turn over; to turn or throw about, as for examination or search; to roll or move in a rough, coarse, or unceremonious manner; to throw down or headlong; to precipitate; -- sometimes with
over, about, etc..
- v. To disturb; to rumple.
- n. Act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall.
- v. suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat
- v. fall suddenly and sharply
- n. an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end
- v. cause to topple or tumble by pushing
- v. understand, usually after some initial difficulty
- v. throw together in a confused mass
- v. fall apart
- v. put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying
- v. fall down, as if collapsing
- n. a sudden drop from an upright position
- v. roll over and over, back and forth
- v. fly around
- v. do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully
- From Middle English tumblen; frequentative of Middle English tumben, from Old English tumbian. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English tumblen, frequentative of tumben, to dance about, from Old English tumbian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“I let the word tumble out of my mouth as I made a vow to stay aware of what I was saying.”
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