Definitions for: Tumbler


[n] pigeon that executes backward somersaults in flight or on the ground
[n] a glass with a flat bottom but no handle or stem; originally had a round bottom
[n] a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown
[n] a gymnast who performs rolls and somersaults and twists etc.



Webster (1913) Definition: Tum"bler, n.
1. One who tumbles; one who plays tricks by various motions
of the body; an acrobat.

2. A movable obstruction in a lock, consisting of a lever,
latch, wheel, slide, or the like, which must be adjusted
to a particular position by a key or other means before
the bolt can be thrown in locking or unlocking.

3. (Firearms) A piece attached to, or forming part of, the
hammer of a gunlock, upon which the mainspring acts and in
which are the notches for sear point to enter.

4. A drinking glass, without a foot or stem; -- so called
because originally it had a pointed or convex base, and
could not be set down with any liquor in it, thus
compelling the drinker to finish his measure.

5. (Zo["o]l.) A variety of the domestic pigeon remarkable for
its habit of tumbling, or turning somersaults, during its
flight.

6. (Zo["o]l.) A breed of dogs that tumble when pursuing game.
They were formerly used in hunting rabbits.

7. A kind of cart; a tumbrel. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

Synonyms: roller, tumbler pigeon

See Also: domestic pigeon, drinking glass, glass, gymnast, impediment, impedimenta, lever, lever tumbler, lock, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor, pin, turner

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