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Tumble meaning

tumble - 14 dictionary results

  1. 1. put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying; " Wash in warm water and tumble dry"
  2. 2. understand, usually after some initial difficulty; " She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
  3. 3. fall down, as if collapsing; " The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it"
  4. 4. fall apart; " the building crimbled after the explosion"; " Negociations broke down"
  5. 5. fly around; " The clothes tumbled in the dryer"; " rising smoke whirled in the air"
  6. 6. To roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about; as, a person on pain tumbles and tosses.
  7. 7. To roll down; to fall suddenly and violently; to be precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold.
  8. 8. To play tricks by various movements and contortions of the body; to perform the feats of an acrobat.
  9. 9. To disturb; to rumple; as, to tumble a bed.
  10. 10. Act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall.
  11. 11. To turn over; to turn or throw about, as for examination or search; to roll or move in a rough, coarse, or unceremonious manner; to throw down or headlong; to precipitate; - sometimes with over, about, etc.; as, to tumble books or papers.
  12. 12. Act of tumbling; fall.
  13. 13. To fall; roll; throw summersets, & c.
  14. 14. To throw down; turn over or throw about; rumple.

tumble - examples of usage

  1. The Bishop declared that he was not in any way the worse from the tumble, and Arsene turned to his team. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  2. Here was a good modern cattle- shed, well- designed for the purpose; yonder was a tumble- down building, with holes in the roof and walls. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. He was content with the tumble- down sheds till it was possible to shelter cattle in them no longer. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
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