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tum·​bling ˈtəm-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce tumbling (audio)
: the skill, practice, or sport of executing gymnastic feats (such as somersaults and handsprings) without the use of apparatus


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

Examples of tumbling in a Sentence

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Why not provide President Biden with a modern mobility scooter to keep him safe from falling, tripping and tumbling? Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 7 July 2024 In 2022, when the Federal Reserve launched its most aggressive rate-hiking cycle in decades and sent the S&P 500 tumbling, 63.3% of active funds outperformed. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 6 July 2024
In the last few weeks of 2022 alone, Giuliani generated one more tumbling wave of negative publicity. John Marks, CNN, 7 Jan. 2023 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, 5 Apr. 2018 See all Example Sentences for tumbling 

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Word History

First Known Use


1604, in the meaning defined above


circa 1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tumbling was in 1604

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“Tumbling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumbling. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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