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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

Example Sentences

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A few months back, Peloton—its stock tumbling and market share crumbling—entered this burgeoning marketplace with its new Peloton Row rowing machine. David Kaufman, Robb Report, 3 Nov. 2022 Her performance on floor was a highlight, her tumbling passes high and landed with confidence. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 26 June 2021 Before the news, which was certain to send the price of ImClone stock tumbling, Waksal attempted to sell his shares. Jim Osman, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 With stock markets tumbling and cryptocurrency crashing, some investors are scrambling for alternatives. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 7 July 2022 Ukraine is one of the world’s biggest wheat producers and exporters, and Russia’s invasion has sent forecasts of how much grain the country can produce and export tumbling. Yusuf Khan, WSJ, 9 June 2022 Sent the pound tumbling, driving up the cost of those imports. David Goldman, CNN, 7 July 2022 The grayish-blue bird flew toward the sun, then plummeted 60 feet with a spectacular tumbling motion. Dyan Machan, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2022 More recent expansion plans were sidelined by a 2018 short-seller report that sent the company’s stock tumbling. Liz Young, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022
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 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, 8 Jan. 2018 See More

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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 3 Dec. 2022.

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