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Definition 1: an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end - [noun denoting act]

(tumble is a kind of ...) a stunt performed by an acrobat

(... is a kind of tumble ) an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return

Definition 2: a sudden drop from an upright position - [noun denoting act]

Samples where tumble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had a nasty spill on the ice

Synonyms for tumble in the sense of this definition

(tumble is a kind of ...) an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall

"he blamed his slip on the ice" "the jolt caused many slips and a few spills"

(... is a kind of tumble ) a fall onto your buttocks

(... is a kind of tumble ) a spill in some sport (as a fall from a bicycle or while skiing or being capsized on a surfboard)

Definition 3: do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully - [verb of body]

(tumble is a kind of ...) do physical exercise

"She works out in the gym every day"

(... is a kind of tumble ) execute a roll, in tumbling

"The gymnasts rolled and jumped"

Definition 4: fall suddenly and sharply - [verb of change]

Samples where tumble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency

(tumble is a kind of ...) go down in value

"Stock prices dropped"

Definition 5: suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat - [verb of change]

(tumble is a kind of ...) grow worse

"Conditions in the slum worsened"

Definition 6: put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying - [verb of change]

Samples where tumble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Wash in warm water and tumble dry

(tumble is a kind of ...) agitate

"toss the salad"

Definition 7: understand, usually after some initial difficulty - [verb of cognition]

Samples where tumble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on

Synonyms for tumble in the sense of this definition

(tumble is a kind of ...) get the meaning of something

"Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

Definition 8: throw together in a confused mass - [verb of contact]

Samples where tumble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern

(tumble is a kind of ...) bring into random order

Definition 9: fall down, as if collapsing - [verb of motion]

Samples where tumble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it

Synonyms for tumble in the sense of this definition

(tumble is a kind of ...) move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

"The temperature is going down" "The barometer is falling" "The curtain fell on the diva" "Her hand went up and then fell again"

(... is a kind of tumble ) turn over and fall

"the man had a heart attack and keeled over"

Definition 10: fall apart - [verb of motion]

Samples where tumble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the building crumbled after the explosion
  • Negotiations broke down

Synonyms for tumble in the sense of this definition

(tumble is a kind of ...) change in physical make-up

Definition 11: roll over and over, back and forth - [verb of motion]

(tumble is a kind of ...) make a rolling motion or turn

"The dog rolled over"

Definition 12: cause to topple or tumble by pushing - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for tumble in the sense of this definition

(tumble is a kind of ...) move with force

"He pushed the table into a corner"

Definition 13: fly around - [verb of motion]

Samples where tumble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The clothes tumbled in the dryer
  • rising smoke whirled in the air

Synonyms for tumble in the sense of this definition

(tumble is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

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