Definitions for: Tumble


[n] a sudden drop from an upright position; "he had a nasty spill on the ice"
[n] an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end
[v] do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully
[v] suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat
[v] put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, ususally with the purpose of drying; "Wash in warm water and tumble dry"
[v] fall suddenly and sharply; "Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency"
[v] understand, usually after some initial difficulty
[v] throw together in a confused mass; "They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern"
[v] roll over and over, back and forth
[v] fall down, as if collapsing
[v] fall apart; also used metaphorically; "Negociations broke down"
[v] fly around, as of paper on the sidewalk, or clothes in a dryer, or rising smoke in the wind
[v] cause to topple or tumble by pushing



Webster (1913) Definition: Tum"ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tumbled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Tumbling.] [OE. tumblen, AS. tumbian to turn heels over
head, to dance violently; akin to D. tuimelen to fall, Sw.
tumla, Dan. tumle, Icel. tumba; and cf. G. taumeln to reel,
to stagger.]
1. To roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about;
as, a person on pain tumbles and tosses.

2. To roll down; to fall suddenly and violently; to be
precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold.

He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater
blow than he who slides from a molehill. --South.

3. To play tricks by various movements and contortions of the
body; to perform the feats of an acrobat. --Rowe.

To tumble home (Naut.), to incline inward, as the sides of
a vessel, above the bends or extreme breadth; -- used esp.
in the phrase tumbling home. Cf. Wall-sided.


Tum"ble, v. t.
1. 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.; as, to
tumble books or papers.

2. To disturb; to rumple; as, to tumble a bed.


Tum"ble, n.
Act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall.

Synonyms: break down, catch on, collapse, cotton on, crumble, crumple, fall, get it, get onto, latch on, skirl, spill, topple, twig, whirl, whirl around

See Also: acrobatic feat, acrobatic stunt, apprehend, change integrity, come down, compass, comprehend, decline, descend, dig, drop, exercise, fall, flip, force, get the picture, go down, grasp, jumble, keel over, move, push, roll, roll over, savvy, scramble, slip, somersault, somersaulting, throw together, toss, trip, work out, worsen

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