Tumbler

Definition of Tumbler

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 the 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.(Zool.) A variety of the domestic pigeon remarkable for its habit of tumbling, or turning somersaults, during its flight.
6.(Zool.) A breed of dogs that tumble when pursuing game. They were formerly used in hunting rabbits.
7.A kind of cart; a tumbrel.

Related Words

acrobat, aerialist, bareback rider, circus artist, clown, contortionist, equestrian director, equilibrist, flier, funambulist, gymnast, high wire artist, high-wire artist, juggler, lion tamer, palaestrian, pancratiast, ringmaster, ropewalker, slack-rope artist, snake charmer, sword swallower, tightrope walker, trapeze artist, weightlifter
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