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

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This keeps the load tumbling and maintains the item’s ability to insulate, Forte explains. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "A Laundry Expert's 8 Biggest Dos and Don'ts," 8 Feb. 2019 In July, Facebook startled investors with dour growth projections that sent its stock price tumbling. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, "Facebook Morale Takes a Tumble Along With Stock Price," 14 Nov. 2018 First, there's Ohashi's flawless execution of her tumbling passes and incredible splits. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "UCLA Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi's Perfect 10 Floor Routine Is Everything You Need In Your Life Right Now," 14 Jan. 2019 As a competitive gymnast, my after-school time was spent mastering complicated tumbling passes and back tucks on the balance beam. Allison Berres, Good Housekeeping, "Breast-Reduction Surgery Made Me Feel More Sensual, Youthful, and Confident," 9 Nov. 2018 With the yuan tumbling and China’s property market frothy, the central bank’s scope for major policy easing that might support banks if the downturn worsens is constrained. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "Chinese Banks Can’t Escape the Country’s Gloom for Long," 31 Oct. 2018 Reports that the Trump administration is planning additional curbs on Chinese trade and investment with in U.S. sent the entire stock market tumbling, but tech stocks were hit particularly hard. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Tech Stocks Are Tanking," 25 June 2018 That was a shock that sent Freeport’s stock tumbling after Adkerson revealed it on April 24. Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg.com, "Giant Waste-Spewing Mine Turns Into a Battleground in Indonesia," 5 June 2018 Gymnastics, with all its tumbling and flips, is filled with moments that continually push the quick-twitch muscles, and as an all-around performer Romero had exposure to that in every event. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Success in golf and gymnastics set the stage for Brookfield Central's Lexi Romero to shine on the track," 17 May 2018

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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1604, in the meaning defined above


circa 1916, in the meaning defined above

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