What does tumble mean?

Definitions for tumble
ˈtʌm bəltum·ble

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tumble.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tumblenoun

    an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end

  2. spill, tumble, fallverb

    a sudden drop from an upright position

    "he had a nasty spill on the ice"

  3. tumble, toppleverb

    fall down, as if collapsing

    "The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it"

  4. topple, tumble, tipverb

    cause to topple or tumble by pushing

  5. tumbleverb

    roll over and over, back and forth

  6. whirl, tumble, whirl aroundverb

    fly around

    "The clothes tumbled in the dryer"; "rising smoke whirled in the air"

  7. crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapseverb

    fall apart

    "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"

  8. tumbleverb

    throw together in a confused mass

    "They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern"

  9. catch on, get wise, get onto, tumble, latch on, cotton on, twig, get itverb

    understand, usually after some initial difficulty

    "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"

  10. tumbleverb

    fall suddenly and sharply

    "Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency"

  11. tumbleverb

    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"

  12. tumbleverb

    suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat

  13. tumbleverb

    do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully

Wiktionary

  1. tumblenoun

    A fall

    Etymology: From tumblen; frequentative of tumben, from tumbian.

  2. tumbleverb

    To fall end over end.

    Etymology: From tumblen; frequentative of tumben, from tumbian.

  3. tumbleverb

    To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.

    Etymology: From tumblen; frequentative of tumben, from tumbian.

  4. tumbleverb

    To roll over and over.

    Etymology: From tumblen; frequentative of tumben, from tumbian.

  5. tumbleverb

    To have sexual intercourse.

    Etymology: From tumblen; frequentative of tumben, from tumbian.

  6. tumbleverb

    To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.

    Etymology: From tumblen; frequentative of tumben, from tumbian.

  7. tumbleverb

    To muss, to make disorderly to tousle.

    Etymology: From tumblen; frequentative of tumben, from tumbian.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tumbleverb

    to roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about; as, a person on pain tumbles and tosses

  2. Tumbleverb

    to roll down; to fall suddenly and violently; to be precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold

  3. Tumbleverb

    to play tricks by various movements and contortions of the body; to perform the feats of an acrobat

  4. Tumbleverb

    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

  5. Tumbleverb

    to disturb; to rumple; as, to tumble a bed

  6. Tumblenoun

    act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tumble

    tum′bl, v.i. to fall: to come down suddenly and violently: to roll: to twist the body, as a mountebank: to fall rapidly, as prices: to go hastily: (slang) to understand, twig.—v.t. to throw headlong: to turn over: to throw about while examining: to disorder, rumple.—n. act of tumbling: a fall: a rolling over, a somersault: confusion.—ns. Tum′ble-bug, one of several kinds of scarabæoid beetles, which roll up balls of dung to protect their eggs; Tum′ble-car, a one-horse car.—adj. Tum′ble-down, dilapidated.—ns. Tum′bler, one who tumbles: one who plays any of the feats or tricks of the acrobat or contortionist: a large drinking-glass, so called because formerly, having a pointed base, it could not be set down without tumbling: a kind of domestic pigeon, so called from its tumbling on the wing: a kind of greyhound: a kind of spring-latch in a lock, preventing the bolt being shot in either direction: a piece attached to the hammer of a firearm lock, receiving the thrust of the mainspring and forcing the hammer forward so as to strike and explode the charge: a porpoise: one of a gang of London street ruffians early in the 18th century, whose favourite frolic was to set women on their heads: a tumbril: one of a set of levers from which hang the heddles in some looms; Tum′blerful, as much as will fill a tumbler; Tum′bler-stand, a tray for tumblers, as in connection with a soda-water fountain; Tum′bler-tank, in plumbing, a flush-tank in which water gathers in one chamber before being tilted over so as to discharge its contents; Tum′bler-wash′er, a revolving stand fitted with projecting pipes on which tumblers are hung to be washed automatically; Tum′ble-weed, a name given to several plants whose globular flowering heads are detached in autumn and rolled about, scattering their seed; Tum′bling, the act of falling.—adj. Tum′bly, uneven.—Tumble in, or home, to incline in above the extreme breadth, of a ship's sides: to fit, as a piece of timber into other work: to go to bed; Tumble over, to toss about carelessly, to upset: to fall over; Tumble to (slang), to comprehend; Tumble up, to get out of bed: to throw into confusion. [A.S. tumbian; cf. Old High Ger. tūmilōn (Ger. taumeln), Ice. tumba, to dance.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tumble in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tumble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of tumble in a Sentence

  1. Mark Schickman:

    She's really claiming that she can be in the rough and tumble at the highest level, so she can't break down too easily.

  2. Alistair Boxall:

    This is very much a preliminary study, we don't have exact evidence from where this is coming from -- it could be that most of these materials may be coming from house dust and the use of plastic containers and packaging or, for example, nylon fibers from our tumble dryer -- and this could potentially outweigh the environmental routes of exposure.

  3. Jason Griggs:

    We had some nice success, and our third partner encouraged us to expand the brand locally, so we opened two other locations, our partner was the business guy, and we were essentially investors. We put a lot of faith in him. But there was a lack of attention, and those two locations took a bit of a tumble. Then our partner just disappeared.

  4. Clifton Fadiman:

    To divide one's life by years is of course to tumble into a trap set by our own arithmetic. The calendar consents to carry on its dull wall-existence by the arbitrary timetables we have drawn up in consultation with those permanent commuters, Earth and Sun. But we, unlike trees, need grow no annual rings.

  5. Bill Magness:

    We can't let ourselves tumble into a situation where, by acting prematurely -- I hate to say it because it's been such a long event -- but by acting prematurely to completely close it off that we end up in that blackout that could last, you know, an indeterminate amount of time.

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  • Sturz, stolpernGerman
  • πέσειGreek
  • caer, caída, revolverseSpanish
  • kuperkeikka, kupsahtaa, heittää kuperkeikkaaFinnish
  • dégringoler, culbuterFrench
  • bukfencezikHungarian
  • անկումArmenian
  • veltaIcelandic
  • rovinare, crollare, precipitare, caduta, ruzzolare, cadereItalian
  • 공중제비Korean
  • porohuri, turupēpeke, turupekeMāori
  • tuimelenDutch
  • cair, tomboPortuguese
  • опрокидываться, падение, упасть, рушиться, обрушиться, падать, опрокинутьсяRussian
  • జారిపడుTelugu

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