tum·​bling | \ˈtəm-b(ə-)liŋ \

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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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 A year later, Equifax disclosed a massive breach that sent its share price tumbling. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "How These Investors Saw Facebook’s Privacy Scandal Coming," 16 Apr. 2018 Senior Reagan Trussellfollowed suit, tying her season-high with a 9.85 in the six-element pass before Galvin closed out the event with a 9.90 in her open tumbling pass. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, "Royce Freeman taken by Denver Broncos with 71st pick in NFL Draft," 27 Apr. 2018 Those reports have spurred investigations in the United States and Europe and sent the company's stock price tumbling. Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook hackers likely hit most users," 5 Apr. 2018 The new front in the trade war is also sending commodities from soybeans to copper tumbling. Grant Smith, Houston Chronicle, "Oil thwarted by trade war fears as Trump doubles down of tariffs," 6 Apr. 2018 The criticism has sent the company’s stock tumbling. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Groups in Myanmar Fire Back at Zuckerberg," 5 Apr. 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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