Crossword clues for tumble
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Tumble \Tum"ble\, n. Act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall.
Tumble \Tum"ble\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tumbled; p. pr. & vb. n. Tumbling.] [OE. tumblen, AS. tumbian to turn heels over head, to dance violently; akin to D. tuimelen to fall, Sw. tumla, Dan. tumle, Icel. tumba; and cf. G. taumeln to reel, to stagger.]
To roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about; as, a person on pain tumbles and tosses.
To roll down; to fall suddenly and violently; to be precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold.
He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.
To play tricks by various movements and contortions of the body; to perform the feats of an acrobat.
To tumble home (Naut.), to incline inward, as the sides of a vessel, above the bends or extreme breadth; -- used esp. in the phrase tumbling home. Cf. Wall-sided.
Tumble \Tum"ble\, v. t.
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.
To disturb; to rumple; as, to tumble a bed.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"accidental fall," 1716, from tumble (v.). Earlier as "disorder, confusion" (1630s).
c.1300, "to perform as an acrobat," also "to fall down," perhaps from a frequentative form of Old English tumbian "dance about, tumble, leap." This is of unknown origin but apparently related to Middle Low German tummelen "to turn, dance," Dutch tuimelen "to tumble," Old High German tumon, German taumeln "to turn, reel." Transitive sense from late 14c. Related: Tumbled; tumbling.
n. 1 A fall. 2 An act of sexual intercourse. vb. 1 (lb en intransitive) To fall end over end. 2 To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings. 3 To roll over and over. 4 (lb en informal) To have sexual intercourse. 5 (lb en transitive) To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts. 6 To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.
v. fall down, as if collapsing; "The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it" [syn: topple]
roll over and over, back and forth
throw together in a confused mass; "They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern"
fall suddenly and sharply; "Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency"
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"
suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat
do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully
Tumble or tumbling may refer to:
- Tumbling (gymnastics), a sport where gymnasts make a pass down a sprung track performing tumbling moves.
- Tumble (TV series), a British TV series
- Tumble bus, mobile gymnastics school bus
- Tumble finishing is a technique for smoothing and polishing the surface on small parts
- Tumble RFC, rugby union club of the village below
- Tumble (video game), 2010 downloadable video game available on the PlayStation Network
- Mr Tumble, character on the BBC TV series Something Special.
Tumble may also refer to the following places:
- Tumble, Carmarthenshire, a village in South Wales
Tumble (originally Let's Get Ready to Tumble) is a British television show, featuring celebrities taking part in gymnastics to win the votes of the public. Learning sessions were given on the basics of gymnastics to the celebrities taking part. The show was backed by British Gymnastics. The trainers were the same ones who trained Louis Smith and Beth Tweddle. The show was broadcast live over six episodes on BBC One, starting on 9 August 2014.
The series was hosted by Alex Jones. The judges were Nadia Comăneci, Louis Smith, Craig Heap and Sebastien Stella. On occasions the judges would perform a routine.
On 14 November 2014, BBC One axed the show after only one series.
Usage examples of "tumble".
The wharf guards are so used to seeing me shuffle past, they would not notice if Abri turned tumbles under my coat.
The Knights who rode guard on the carriage shouted in surprise as the two tumbled to the street, but they were no more adventurous than the ones inside.
Standing up abruptly, he tumbled a startled Noel off his lap, catching her and setting her on her feet before she landed in aheap on the floor.
Not surprisingly, Ake lost his balance and tumbled to the ground, disappearing under hundreds of kilos of insistent scout dogs.
Halting at last, Rolan opened a narrow door and disappeared into the darkness beyond, whispering for Alec to watch his step just in time to save the boy from tumbling down more stairs that descended less than a pace from the door.
When all efforts had failed, Seregil had tumbled into it beside Alec and fallen asleep almost at once.
She smelled the ammoniac odor of the big beast, even as she plunged, face down, into a tumble of leaf-drift.
Then it shook the shell hard until the ammonite, still alive, tumbled out into the water, naked for the first time in its life.
With each mortal wound, an amphibian pitched writhing into space and tumbled flailing against those behind.
And he the wind-whipped, anywhither wave Crazily tumbled on a shingle-grave To waste in foam.
Noetic shreds, arkose shards, biotite fragments tumbling and grinding in a dry breccia slurry.
He entered the next cellar and picked his way through a tumbled mass of ceiling that threw up sparks as his asbestos boots encountered it.
In Bradwell, Jane returned to her day school after the Easter holiday, Gerald continued to regard me with mute adoration, and spring flowers and shrubs began to bring great splashes of color to the green and brown gardens of Silverwood, first the daffodils, then the tulips, the aubrietia tumbling over dwarf walls, and the camellias with great blossoms of pink and red.
Breakfast dishes went flying, shattering, mess tables upended, lockers spilled open, and in the belowdeck barbettes, massive gun turrets tore free from their housings and tumbled grindingly down the slanting platforms, crushing crewmen.
As the glow faded, the stone blocks of bauxite began to fall away, no longer cemented, tumbling down into a pit hidden below the hearth.