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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The conversations Sunday between the Chinese and U.S. were the first since each lobbed a new round of tariffs at each other last week — sending the stock market tumbling. Petra Cahill, NBC News, ""They want to make a deal," President Donald Trump expressed optimism about a possible Chinese trade deal.," 26 Aug. 2019 The tumbling would never slow in the vacuum of space until the capsule re-entered the atmosphere at some future time to be incinerated. Jamie Turner, cleveland.com, "How Neil Armstrong earned the moon landing’s lead role: Apollo 11 at 50," 16 July 2019 And if Jordan was getting noticed for her tumbling and flipping and walking the narrow path of a balance beam, her Boilermaker fame was only about to explode. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Purdue's first black cheerleader to try out, make squad blazed a trail that still lacks color," 13 July 2019 After an hour of gentle tumbling, about half of the water has been vaporized. Tyler Kord, Popular Mechanics, "Cooking (and Shrinking) the Modern Combat Ration," 29 June 2019 That bullish sentiment cooled in early October as worries about global growth and surging U.S. production sent crude tumbling. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Gas Prices Are Falling, but Refiners Keep Making More," 23 Dec. 2018 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

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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