Tumble

Definition of Tumble

Tum´ble   Pronunciation: tŭm´b'l
v. i.1.To roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about; as, a person in pain tumbles and tosses.
[imp. & p. p. Tumbled (tŭm"b'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Tumbling (tŭm"blĭng).]
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.
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.
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.
n.1.Act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall.

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