Definition of Tumble

1. Noun. An acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end.

2. Verb. Fall down, as if collapsing. "The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it"
Exact synonyms: Topple
Generic synonyms: Come Down, Descend, Fall, Go Down
Specialized synonyms: Keel Over

3. Noun. A sudden drop from an upright position. "He had a nasty spill on the ice"
Exact synonyms: Fall, Spill
Specialized synonyms: Pratfall, Wipeout
Generic synonyms: Slip, Trip
Derivative terms: Fall, Fall, Fall

4. Verb. Cause to topple or tumble by pushing.
Exact synonyms: Tip, Topple
Generic synonyms: Force, Push

5. Verb. Roll over and over, back and forth.
Generic synonyms: Roll Over
Derivative terms: Tumbler, Tumbler

6. Verb. Fly around. "Rising smoke whirled in the air"
Exact synonyms: Whirl, Whirl Around
Generic synonyms: Move
Derivative terms: Whirl

7. Verb. Fall apart. "The business is going to tumble "; "Negotiations broke down"
Exact synonyms: Break Down, Collapse, Crumble, Crumple
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity

8. Verb. Throw together in a confused mass. "They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern"
Generic synonyms: Jumble, Scramble, Throw Together

9. Verb. Understand, usually after some initial difficulty. "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"

10. Verb. Fall suddenly and sharply. "The stock market is going to tumble "; "Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency"
Generic synonyms: Drop

11. Verb. Put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying. "Wash in warm water and tumble dry"
Generic synonyms: Toss

12. Verb. Suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat.
Generic synonyms: Decline, Worsen

13. Verb. Do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully.
Generic synonyms: Exercise, Work Out
Specialized synonyms: Roll
Derivative terms: Tumbler, Tumbling

Definition of Tumble

1. v. i. To roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about; as, a person on pain tumbles and tosses.

2. v. t. 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.

3. n. Act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall.

Definition of Tumble

1. Noun. A fall ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To fall end over end. ¹

3. Verb. To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings. ¹

4. Verb. To roll over and over. ¹

5. Verb. (informal) To have sexual intercourse. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts. ¹

7. Verb. To muss, to make disorderly to tousle. ¹

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Definition of Tumble

1. to fall or roll end over end [v -BLED, -BLING, -BLES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tumble

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Literary usage of Tumble

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1. Sketches from "Texas Siftings". by Alexander Edwin Sweet, John Armoy Knox (1882)
"THE tumble-BUG. THE foreigner in Texas is frequently astonished as he drives along the road or walks in the outskirts of the city, to see a ball, ..."

2. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"Cross references: see Note. deplorable: lamentable. depreciation, n. decline, fall, drop; spec. slump (slang or cant), tumble. ..."

3. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (1855)
"He little thought he was — as the rowdies say — " in" for a " rough and tumble" fight ; but such was the fact. ..."

4. The Lancet (1842)
"The members of the profession who had not performed the duties of the various districts could entertain any That unfledged chicks should tumble headlong ..."

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