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verb tum·ble \ˈtəm-bəl\

Simple Definition of tumble

  • : to fall down suddenly and quickly

  • : to fall forward while turning over

  • : to fall or drop suddenly in amount, value, etc.

Full Definition of tumble

tum·bledtum·bling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to fall suddenly and helplesslyb :  to suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeatc :  to decline suddenly and sharply (as in price) :  drop <the stock market tumbled>d :  to fall into ruin :  collapse

  3. 2a :  to perform gymnastic feats in tumblingb :  to turn end over end in falling or flight

  4. 3 :  to roll over and over, to and fro, or end over end :  toss

  5. 4 :  to issue forth hurriedly and confusedly

  6. 5 :  to come by chance :  stumble

  7. 6 :  to come to understand :  catch on <didn't tumble to the seriousness of the problem>

  8. transitive verb
  9. 1 :  to cause to tumble (as by pushing or toppling)

  10. 2a :  to throw together in a confused massb :  rumple, disorder

  11. 3 :  to whirl in a tumbling barrel

Examples of tumble

  1. He tripped and tumbled to the ground.

  2. The statue came tumbling down during the riots.

  3. The satellite was tumbling out of control.

  4. She slipped and tumbled down the hill.

  5. Everyone came tumbling out of the bar at closing time.

  6. He tumbled into bed and fell asleep.

  7. Water tumbled over the rocks.

Origin of tumble

Middle English, frequentative of tumben to dance, from Old English tumbian; akin to Old High German tūmōn to reel

First Known Use: 14th century



noun tum·ble

Simple Definition of tumble

  • : an act of falling or tumbling

  • : an athletic movement in which you roll or turn your body across the ground or through the air

Full Definition of tumble

  1. 1a :  a disordered mass of objects or materialb :  a disorderly state

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of tumbling

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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