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tumble

noun (n)

  • an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • a sudden drop from an upright position (noun.act)
    Synonym: fall, spill
    source: wordnet30
  • Act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • fall down, as if collapsing (verb.motion)
    Synonym: topple
    Example:
    The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to topple or tumble by pushing (verb.motion)
    Synonym: tip, topple
    source: wordnet30
  • roll over and over, back and forth (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • fly around (verb.motion)
    Synonym: whirl, whirl around
    Example:
    The clothes tumbled in the dryer.
    source: wordnet30
  • fall apart (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • throw together in a confused mass (verb.contact)
    Example:
    They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern.
    source: wordnet30
  • understand, usually after some initial difficulty (verb.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • fall suddenly and sharply (verb.change)
    Example:
    Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency.
    source: wordnet30
  • put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying (verb.change)
    Example:
    Wash in warm water and tumble dry.
    source: wordnet30
  • suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully (verb.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • To roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about; as, a person on pain tumbles and tosses. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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