Definitions of tumble

  1. fall apart; also used metaphorically; " Negociations broke down"
  2. a sudden drop from an upright position; " he had a nasty spill on the ice"
  3. an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end
  4. do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully
  5. suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat
  6. put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, ususally with the purpose of drying; " Wash in warm water and tumble dry"
  7. fall suddenly and sharply; " Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency"
  8. roll over and over, back and forth
  9. 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"
  10. understand, usually after some initial difficulty; " She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
  11. fall down, as if collapsing; " The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it"
  12. fall apart; " the building crimbled after the explosion"; " Negociations broke down"
  13. fly around; " The clothes tumbled in the dryer"; " rising smoke whirled in the air"
  14. To roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about; as, a person on pain tumbles and tosses.
  15. To roll down; to fall suddenly and violently; to be precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold.
  16. To play tricks by various movements and contortions of the body; to perform the feats of an acrobat.
  17. To disturb; to rumple; as, to tumble a bed.
  18. Act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall.
  19. 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.
  20. To throw down; turn over; rumple.
  21. A fall; a rolling over.
  22. Tumbled.
  23. Tumbling.
  24. To fall: to come down suddenly and violently: to roll: to twist the body, as a mountebank.
  25. To throw headlong: to turn over: to throw about while examining.
  26. Act of tumbling: a fall: a rolling over.
  27. Act of tumbling; fall.
  28. To fall; roll; throw summersets, & c.
  29. To throw down; turn over or throw about; rumple.
  30. A state of disorder.
  31. To toss carelessly; throw into disorder.
  32. To roll or toss about; fall in a headlong manner.
  33. The act of tumbling; a fall.
  34. A fall.
  35. To turn over; to disturb; to rumble.
  36. To roll about; to fall; to come down suddenly and violently; to play mountebank tricks.
  37. To fall; to come suddenly to the ground; to roll or turn over.

Usage examples for tumble

  1. Look at the tumble our shares took yesterday! – Torchy by Sewell Ford
  2. Life had tumbled him out of his shell, played with him for an hour, and now would tumble him back again- no, by Jove, he refused to be tumbled back! – The Window-Gazer by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
  3. You'll tumble into the water. – The Secret Pact by Mildred A. Wirt
  4. Come, tumble in, everybody. – 'Lizbeth of the Dale by Marian Keith
  5. They told me 'twas thy intent to tumble my palace about my ears. – The Great Mogul by Louis Tracy
  6. A story of a woods rough- and- tumble, that's all! – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  7. Behold the tumble- bug with her ball of dung by the roadside; where is she going with it? – Ways of Nature by John Burroughs
  8. Hoddan and seven Darthians, stun- pistols humming, would tumble out of the yacht and dash for the control room of the grid. – The Pirates of Ersatz by Murray Leinster
  9. I suppose you all think you're going home to tumble sleepily into bed. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  10. It went on all day, and continued far into the night, until it was too late to go to the theatre, too late to do anything but tumble into bed and simultaneously fall asleep. – A Hazard of New Fortunes by William Dean Howells
  11. " Finally Mr. Rabbit had made the round of all his friends and neighbors, and he once more reached his tumble- down house. – Mother West Wind 'Why' Stories by Thornton W. Burgess
  12. Tumble over, there, Lisk; you're dead- tumble, I say. – The Boy Scout Fire Fighters by Irving Crump
  13. " Follow me," he said, " then you won't tumble over the furniture." – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  14. I thought every minute you'd tumble off. – Sunny Boy in the Country by Ramy Allison White
  15. You stay here in the shade, Uncle Wiggily, but don't walk on ahead, or you may tumble into the water again. – Uncle Wiggily's Travels by Howard R. Garis
  16. This one said: " Mind you do not tumble in the well!" – Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens
  17. " Mind and don't tumble into the water," Van der Welcke warned her; but she had already released herself from his arms and was running on, with the dog after her. – Dr. Adriaan by Louis Couperus
  18. Seem to want air, Major, also look to see if clouds tumble. – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  19. Slip down the window and say, 'He has gone South for the week, ' and he'll tumble. – The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Ghost Stories by Rudyard Kipling