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TUMBLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tumble mean? 

TUMBLE (noun)
  The noun TUMBLE has 2 senses:

1. an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end
2. a sudden drop from an upright position

  Familiarity information: TUMBLE used as a noun is rare.


TUMBLE (verb)
  The verb TUMBLE has 11 senses:

1. fall down, as if collapsing
2. cause to topple or tumble by pushing
3. roll over and over, back and forth
4. fly around
5. fall apart
6. throw together in a confused mass
7. understand, usually after some initial difficulty
8. fall suddenly and sharply
9. put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying
10. suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat
11. do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully

  Familiarity information: TUMBLE used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


TUMBLE (noun)


Sense 1tumble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("tumble" is a kind of...):

acrobatic feat; acrobatic stunt (a stunt performed by an acrobat)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tumble"):

flip; somersault; somersaulting; somerset; summersault; summerset (an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return)


Sense 2tumble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden drop from an upright position

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

fall; tumble; spill

Context example:

he had a nasty spill on the ice

Hypernyms ("tumble" is a kind of...):

slip; trip (an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tumble"):

pratfall (a fall onto your buttocks)

wipeout (a spill in some sport (as a fall from a bicycle or while skiing or being capsized on a surfboard))


TUMBLE (verb)


Sense 1tumble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall down, as if collapsing

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

topple; tumble

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "tumble" is one way to...):

come down; descend; fall; go down (move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "tumble"):

keel over (turn over and fall)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 2tumble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to topple or tumble by pushing

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

topple; tumble; tip

Hypernyms (to "tumble" is one way to...):

force; push (move with force,)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3tumble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Roll over and over, back and forth

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "tumble" is one way to...):

roll over (make a rolling motion or turn)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 4tumble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fly around

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

whirl around; tumble; whirl

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "tumble" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 5tumble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall apart

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

crumple; crumble; collapse; tumble; break down

Context examples:

the building crumbled after the explosion / Negotiations broke down

Hypernyms (to "tumble" is one way to...):

change integrity (change in physical make-up)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 6tumble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Throw together in a confused mass

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern

Hypernyms (to "tumble" is one way to...):

jumble; scramble; throw together (bring into random order)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 7tumble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Understand, usually after some initial difficulty

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

catch on; cotton on; get it; get onto; get wise; twig; latch on; tumble

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "tumble" is one way to...):

apprehend; compass; comprehend; dig; get the picture; grasp; grok; savvy (get the meaning of something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 8tumble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall suddenly and sharply

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency

Hypernyms (to "tumble" is one way to...):

drop (go down in value)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sentence example:

The stock market is going to tumble


Sense 9tumble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Wash in warm water and tumble dry

Hypernyms (to "tumble" is one way to...):

toss (agitate)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 10tumble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "tumble" is one way to...):

decline; worsen (grow worse)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 11tumble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Hypernyms (to "tumble" is one way to...):

exercise; work out (do physical exercise)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "tumble"):

roll (execute a roll, in tumbling)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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