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Definition of "tumble" []

  • To perform acrobatic feats such as somersaults, rolls, or twists. (verb-intransitive)
  • To fall or roll end over end: The kittens tumbled over each other. (verb-intransitive)
  • To spill or roll out in confusion or disorder: Students tumbled out of the bus. (verb-intransitive)
  • To pitch headlong; fall: tumbled on the ice. (verb-intransitive)
  • To proceed haphazardly. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tumble" in a sentence
  • "You might see the houses _tumble, tumble, tumble_, from one end of the street to the other, with a great crash, leaving the foundations open to the view of the heavens. "["
  • "I let the word tumble out of my mouth as I made a vow to stay aware of what I was saying."
  • "To sponsor him, visit www. justgiving.com/runstamfordrun Salomon Kalou urges team-mates to raise their game and avoid a title tumble at Tottenham We are ready to put tired bodies on the line for Carlo Ancelotti, says Florent Malouda"