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tumble

noun

1 tumble

An acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end.



2 tumble

A sudden drop from an upright position.

synonyms: fall, spill.

Roget 306: descent, descension, declension, declination; fall; falling etc. v.; slump; drop, plunge, plummet, cadence; subsidence, ... show more

Dutch: valpartij
Polish: upadek

verb

1 tumble

Fall down, as if collapsing:
— The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it.

synonym: topple.

Roget 315: be agitated &c.; shake; tremble, tremble like an aspen leaf; quiver, quaver, quake, shiver, twitter, twire, writhe, toss, shuffle, ... show more

Roget 306: descend; go down, drop down, come down; fall, gravitate, drop, slip, slide, rappel, settle; plunge, plummet, ... show more

Roget 61: derange; disarrange, misarrange; displace, misplace; mislay, discompose, disorder; deorganize, discombobulate, disorganize; embroil, unsettle, ... show more

Roget 162: be destroyed &c.; perish; fall to the ground; tumble, topple; go to pieces, fall to pieces; break up; crumble to dust; go to the dogs, go to the wall, go to smash, go to shivers, ... show more

Dutch: struikelen

2 tumble

Cause to topple or tumble by pushing.

synonyms: tip, topple.

3 tumble

Roll over and over, back and forth.

4 tumble

Fly around:
— The clothes tumbled in the dryer.

synonyms: whirl, whirl around.

5 tumble

Fall apart.

synonyms: break down, collapse, crumble, crumple.

Roget 732: fail; be unsuccessful etc. adj.; not succeed etc. 731; make vain efforts etc. n.; do in vain, labor in vain, toil in vain; flunk [U.S.]; ... show more

Dutch: instorten, inzakken, uit elkaar vallen

6 tumble

Throw together in a confused mass.

7 tumble

Understand, usually after some initial difficulty.

synonyms: catch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, latch on, twig.

8 tumble

Fall suddenly and sharply.

9 tumble

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

10 tumble

Suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat.

11 tumble

Do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully.


Moby thesaurus: alight upon, apprehend, arsy-varsiness, ball up, bite the dust, blow down, blow over, blunder, blunder upon, blur, blur distinctions, bollix up, bow, bowl down, bowl over, break up, breakdown, bring down, bulldog, bump into ... show more.

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