tumbling barrel


: a revolving cask in which objects or materials undergo a process (such as drying or polishing) by being whirled about

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tumbling barrel was circa 1890

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“Tumbling barrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumbling%20barrel. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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