tumble

When you tumble, you fall abruptly. You might trip over your shoelaces and tumble down a hill while flying a kite if you're not careful.

To suddenly topple over or trip and fall to the ground is to tumble. Toddlers often tumble in sandboxes, while running on sidewalks, or as they climb down stairs. There's another way to tumble that is more deliberate: the form of gymnastics that involves roundoffs and back handsprings is called tumbling, and if you're able to do these tricks, you can tumble. The root is believed to be the Old English tumbian, "to dance about."

Primary Meanings of tumble

1.
vn
fall down, as if collapsing
a sudden drop from an upright position
2.
v
fly around
3.
vn
do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully
an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end
4.
v
understand, usually after some initial difficulty
Full Definitions of tumble
1

v fall down, as if collapsing

“The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it”
Synonyms:
topple
Types:
keel over
turn over and fall
Type of:
come down, descend, fall, go down
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

v cause to topple or tumble by pushing

Synonyms:
tip, topple
Type of:
force, push
move with force

v fall apart

Synonyms:
break down, collapse, crumble, crumple
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

v fall suddenly and sharply

“Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency”
Type of:
drop
go down in value

v suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat

Type of:
decline, worsen
grow worse

v throw together in a confused mass

“They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern”
Type of:
jumble, scramble, throw together
bring into random order

n a sudden drop from an upright position

Synonyms:
fall, spill
Types:
pratfall
a fall onto your buttocks
wipeout
a spill in some sport (as a fall from a bicycle or while skiing or being capsized on a surfboard)
Type of:
slip, trip
an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall
2

v fly around

“The clothes tumbled in the dryer”
Synonyms:
whirl, whirl around
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v roll over and over, back and forth

Type of:
roll over
make a rolling motion or turn

v 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”
Type of:
toss
agitate
3

v do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully

Types:
roll
execute a roll, in tumbling
Type of:
exercise, work out
do physical exercise

n an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end

Types:
flip, somersault, somersaulting, somerset, summersault, summerset
an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return
flip-flop
a backward somersault
Type of:
acrobatic feat, acrobatic stunt
a stunt performed by an acrobat
4

v understand, usually after some initial difficulty

Synonyms:
catch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, latch on, twig
Type of:
apprehend, compass, comprehend, dig, get the picture, grasp, grok, savvy
understand or perceive the meaning of something

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