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1 an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end
2 a sudden drop from an upright position; "he had a nasty spill on the ice" [syn: spill, fall]


1 fall down, as if collapsing; "The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it" [syn: topple]
2 cause to topple or tumble by pushing [syn: topple, tip]
3 roll over and over, back and forth
4 fly around; "The clothes tumbled in the dryer"; "rising smoke whirled in the air" [syn: whirl, whirl around]
5 fall apart; "the building crimbled after the explosion"; "Negociations broke down" [syn: crumble, crumple, break down, collapse]
6 throw together in a confused mass; "They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern"
7 understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on" [syn: catch on, get wise, get onto, latch on, cotton on, twig, get it]
8 fall suddenly and sharply; "Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency"
9 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"
10 suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat
11 do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully

User Contributed Dictionary



From tumblen; frequentative of tumben, from tumbian.



  1. A fall


a fall


  1. To fall end over end.
  2. To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.
  3. To roll over and over.

Derived terms


to fall end over end

Extensive Definition

Tumbling may refer to:

See also

tumble in Portuguese: Tumbling

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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