tum·​bling | \ ˈtəm-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce tumbling (audio) \

Definition of tumbling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the skill, practice, or sport of executing gymnastic feats (such as somersaults and handsprings) without the use of apparatus



Definition of tumbling (Entry 2 of 2)

: tipped or slanted out of the vertical used especially of a cattle brand

Examples of tumbling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then his putter caught fire on the tumbling, pristine greens. Brian Wicker, Star Tribune, "Mickelson shoots 61, takes lead in PGA Tour Champions debut," 24 Aug. 2020 When the tumbling ended, the tractor ended perfectly upright; Grouse, however, was pinned on his belly directly beneath it. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "A near-death experience, and baseball in the age of COVID-19. This Rangers scout has made a career of adjusting," 21 Aug. 2020 Small group lessons will be held for band members and small-group tumbling assistance and training will be available for cheerleaders, the district said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Infected minks, airport layoffs, crawfish farmers: News from around our 50 states," 18 Aug. 2020 My daughter's involved in cheerleading and tumbling. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "How This Mom and Dad Swapped Roles at Home to Achieve Balance for Their Family of 4," 5 Aug. 2020 Famous Birthdays notes what those genres are: traditional hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, jazz, tumbling, and tap dancing. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About TikTok Star Jalaiah Harmon," 21 May 2020 The protests, which degenerated into attacks on several bank branches, and the tumbling of the currency prompted an emergency Cabinet meeting Friday. Fadi Tawil, The Christian Science Monitor, "Lebanon currency crash: How to restore confidence?," 12 June 2020 As enticing as this explanation might be, Bartholomaus thinks the moss balls are too heavy and squat for the tumbling to happen, and moss growth occurs far too slowly. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Glacier mice have no feet, but they still move in herds," 28 May 2020 Her floor routine, new this season, was both light and sophisticated, and her tumbling passes were solid. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Gymnast Morgan Hurd makes strong case for Tokyo Olympics with win at American Cup," 7 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Senate majority leader represents the big-business wing of the Republican Party, and Wall Street, if the tumbling stock market is any indication, fears Trump’s protectionism will cause economic pain. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "You’re Either With Trump on Trade, or Against Him," 5 Apr. 2018 The rout in bitcoin is part of a broader selloff in the cryptocurrency realm, with all of the top 10 by market cap falling, and most tumbling by at least 10 percent, according to Coinmarketcap.com. Joanna Ossinger, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tumbling


1604, in the meaning defined above


circa 1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Tumbling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumbling. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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