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  • 1 Tumble — 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 tumble — [tum′bəl] vi. tumbled, tumbling [ME tumblen, freq. of tumben < OE tumbian, to fall, jump, dance; akin to Ger tummeln, taumeln < OHG * tumalon, freq. of tumon, to turn < IE base * dheu , to be turbid > DULL] 1. to do somersaults,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Tumble — 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.]… …

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  • 4 tumble — (v.) c.1300, to perform as an acrobat, also to fall down, perhaps from a frequentative form of O.E. tumbian dance about, of unknown origin. Related to M.L.G. tummelen to turn, dance, Du. tuimelen to tumble, O.H.G. tumon, Ger. taumeln to turn,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 tumble over — 1. To toss about carelessly, to upset 2. To fall over • • • Main Entry: ↑tumble …

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  • 6 Tumble turn — A tumble turn, or flip turn is a technique used by swimmers to reverse the direction in which they are swimming. It is usually done when the swimmer reaches the end of the swimming pool but still has one or more lengths to swim.The technique s… …

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  • 7 tumble — [c]/ˈtʌmbəl / (say tumbuhl) verb (tumbled, tumbling) –verb (i) 1. to roll or fall over or down as by losing footing, support, or equilibrium: to tumble down the stairs. 2. to fall rapidly, as stock market prices. 3. to perform leaps, springs,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 8 tumble — tum|ble1 [ tʌmbl ] verb intransitive 1. ) if a price or value tumbles, it suddenly becomes much lower: Unemployment tumbled to 5.6% in November. 2. ) if a building or other structure tumbles or tumbles down, it falls to the ground: It seemed that …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 tumble — /tum beuhl/, v., tumbled, tumbling, n. v.i. 1. to fall helplessly down, end over end, as by losing one s footing, support, or equilibrium; plunge headlong: to tumble down the stairs. 2. to roll end over end, as in falling: The stones tumbled down …

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  • 10 tumble — I UK [ˈtʌmb(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms tumble : present tense I/you/we/they tumble he/she/it tumbles present participle tumbling past tense tumbled past participle tumbled 1) if a price or value tumbles, it suddenly becomes much… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 tumble — v. & n. v. 1 intr. & tr. fall or cause to fall suddenly, clumsily, or headlong. 2 intr. fall rapidly in amount etc. (prices tumbled). 3 intr. (often foll. by about, around) roll or toss erratically or helplessly to and fro. 4 intr. move or rush… …

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  • 12 tumble — 01. The small boys were having a race [tumbling] down the side of the hill. 02. The child [tumbled] over the chair when he ran into the room. 03. He broke his arm when he hit a bump, and took a [tumble] off his bicycle. 04. Interest rates have… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 tumble — v 1. fall down, fall end over end, pitch, pitch forward, precipitate oneself, fall headlong, go down, Inf. take a spill, Inf. take a flyer or a header or a pratfall; slip, stagger, totter, falter, lose one s footing, lose one s equilibrium, Inf.… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 14 tumble — Synonyms and related words: alight upon, apprehend, arsy varsiness, ball up, bite the dust, blow down, blow over, blunder, blunder upon, blur, blur distinctions, bollix up, bow, bowl down, bowl over, break up, breakdown, bring down, bulldog, bump …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 tumble — 1 verb (I) 1 (always + adv/prep) to fall quickly and suddenly downwards, especially with a rolling movement (+ over/backwards/down): She lost her balance and tumbled backwards. 2 (always + adv/prep) to move in an uncontrolled way (+ into/through) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 tumble — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. fall, roll; leap, spring; throw, overturn, disarrange, dishevel, tousle; toss, pitch. See descent, agitation. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. drop, plunge, descend; see fall 1 , topple , trip 1 . III (Roget s …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 tumble — tum•ble [[t]ˈtʌm bəl[/t]] v. bled, bling, n. 1) to fall helplessly down, esp. headfirst 2) to roll end over end, as in falling 3) to fall or decline rapidly; drop: Prices on the stock exchange tumbled[/ex] 4) to perform gymnastic feats of skill,… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 tumble — tum·ble || tÊŒmbl n. fall, slip; disorderly state, confusion; acrobatic feat v. fall, trip, drop; roll about; topple, send tumbling; cause disorder by tossing about; perform gymnastic feats; come to understand (Informal) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 tumble — I. v. n. 1. Roll, toss, heave, pitch about. 2. Fall, be precipitated, fall over, roll down, fall suddenly, topple. 3. Play mountebank tricks. II. v. a. 1. Precipitate, throw headlong. 2. Turn over, throw about. 3 …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 tumble dry — verb a) To make or become dry by rolling about in the heated rotating drum of a clothes dryer b) To dry by spinning with hot air inside a cylinder …

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