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somersault

noun som·er·sault \ˈsə-mər-ˌsȯlt\

Simple Definition of somersault

  • : a forward or backward movement of your body on the ground or in the air that is made by bringing your feet over your head

Full Definition of somersault

  1. :  a movement (as in gymnastics) in which a person turns forward or backward in a complete revolution along the ground or in the air bringing the feet over the head; also :  a falling or tumbling head over heels

somersault intransitive verb

Examples of somersault

  1. The gymnast turned a somersault.



Variants of somersault

also sum·mer·sault \ˈsə-mər-ˌsȯlt\

Origin of somersault

Middle French sombresaut leap, ultimately from Latin super over + saltus leap, from salire to jump — more at over, sally


First Known Use: circa 1530


SOMERSAULT Defined for Kids

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somersault

noun som·er·sault \ˈsə-mər-ˌsȯlt\

Definition of somersault

  1. :  a movement in which someone makes a complete turn by bringing the feet over the head



History for somersault

If you pay attention only to its sound, somersault is rather puzzling, because going head over heels has nothing to do with summer or salt. The spelling, however, suggests that the key to its history lies elsewhere. Somersault comes from a 16th-century French word sombresaut, made up of sombre or sobre, “over,” and saut, “jump.”


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somersault

verb som·er·sault

Definition of somersault

som·er·sault·edsom·er·sault·ing

  1. :  to perform a movement in which a person makes a complete turn by bringing the feet over the head




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