Definitions of tumbler

  1. pigeon that executes backward somersaults in flight or on the ground
  2. a glass with a flat bottom but no handle or stem; originally had a round bottom
  3. a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position ( as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown
  4. One who tumbles; one who plays tricks by various motions of the body; an acrobat.
  5. A piece attached to, or forming part of, the hammer of a gunlock, upon which the mainspring acts and in which are the notches for sear point to enter.
  6. A breed of dogs that tumble when pursuing game. They were formerly used in hunting rabbits.
  7. A kind of cart; a tumbrel.
  8. A drinking glass, without a foot or stem; - so called because originally it had a pointed or convex base, and could not be set down with any liquor in it, thus compelling the drinker to finish his measure.
  9. One who performs feats of rolling, somersaulting, etc.; an acrobat; a cylindrical drinking glass without a stem; a kind of pigeon; one of the parts of a lock which must be moved to a certain position, as by a key, before the bolt can be moved.
  10. One who tumbles: a large drinking- glass, so called because formerly, having a pointed base, it could not be set down without tumbling: a domestic pigeon, so called from its tumbling on the wing.
  11. One who tumbles; drinking- glass without a foot; variety of pigeon.
  12. A drinking glass without a foot.
  13. One who or that which tumbles; a pigeon that turns somersaults in the air.
  14. In a lock, a latch that engages a bolt.
  15. One who tumbles; one who plays the tricks of a mountebank; a large drinking glass, originally so shaped that it tumbled when set down; a tumblerful; a variety of domestic pigeon, so called from its practice of tumbling over in its flight; a sort of dog.
  16. One who amuses the public by placing himself in various postures; a kind of latch in a lock; a well- known drinking- glass- so called from its original pointed or round bottom making it impossible for it to stand without falling over; a variety of the domestic pigeon which tumbles or turns over in its flight.
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