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

Examples of tumbling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Grace McCallum stepped out of bounds on her second tumbling pass. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 27 July 2021 But her third tumbling pass, a full twisting double back somersault, gave her trouble. New York Times, 26 July 2021 Biles won five medals at the 2016 Rio Games, winning admirers globally for her daring skills and powerful tumbling. Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2021 Teammate Jade Carey qualified third, and on the second night of event finals, nailed all four of her tumbling passes, propelling herself to stunning heights on her double-double in the second run. Alice Park/tokyo, Time, 2 Aug. 2021 Since arriving in Tokyo, Lee added a fourth tumbling pass to her floor routine to try to maximize her point total in the event, which is considered one of her weaker ones. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 30 July 2021 Lee performed four tumbling passes in team qualification and finals. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 Carey is capable of landing the most difficult tumbling pass ever performed by a woman — a layout triple-double. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 28 July 2021 An untimely fall by Chiles, who slipped and landed on her rear on one of her tumbling passes, gave her a score of just 11.7 points, putting the Russians securely in the lead for good. Juliet Macur, New York Times, 27 July 2021 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, 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

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First Known Use of tumbling


1604, in the meaning defined above


circa 1916, in the meaning defined above

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21 Aug 2021

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“Tumbling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumbling. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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