Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The inward curve of a ship's topsides.

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  • noun nautical The inward curve of the topsides of some ship hulls.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From tumble, to slope inward (obsolete).]

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tumble +‎ home?

Examples

  • They feature composite materials, an electric-drive propulsion and an unconventional "tumblehome" hull.

    City

  • The Flex's boxy body -- which I find attractive (but my wife hates) -- has a lot more cargo room than the tumblehome greenhouse of the Lincoln.

    2010 Lincoln MKT: Towing with EcoBoost

  • The Flex's boxy body -- which I find attractive but my wife hates -- has a lot more cargo room than the tumblehome greenhouse of the Lincoln.

    2010 Lincoln MKT: Towing with EcoBoost

  • Other shallops were more bowl-shaped with rounded bows, molded sides and tumblehome.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Other shallops were more bowl-shaped with rounded bows, molded sides and tumblehome.

    Champlain's Dream

  • This time next week, I will tell all of my faithful readers what the following are: beakhead knightheads scantlings (sounds like a nice title for a novel ...) tumblehome (so does that) bulwark

    Learning about boats

  • This time next week, I will tell all of my faithful readers what the following are: beakhead knightheads scantlings (sounds like a nice title for a novel ...) tumblehome (so does that) bulwark

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • However, the has-relief engraving was still hidden from view by the tumblehome of the cliff.

    The Seventh Scroll

  • A fair try at a tumblehome you made, for a first ever - but do you so still, without a cannon at your bum, or my blade? '

    The Gates of Noon

  • Captain Bampfylde climbed the Cavalier's tumblehome.

    Sharpe's Siege

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  • "A nautical term referring to the inward lean of gunwales on sailing ships, adapted to coachbuilding. Specifically relates to the inward lean of roof pillars from their beltline base to the edge of the roof panel."

    "Tumble What? The strange and baffling world of car design-speak explained." Automobile, August 2007: 125.

    August 25, 2007

  • "The Worcester was a wall-sided ship and the way into her was a series of very shallow smooth wet slippery steps that rose vertically from the waterline, with no comfortable tumblehome, no inward slope, to help the pilgrim on his way..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 28

    March 3, 2008