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Definition of 'tumble'


  1. an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end
  2. a sudden drop from an upright position; "he had a nasty spill on the ice"
       Synonyms: spill fall


  1. fall down, as if collapsing; "The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it"
       Synonyms: topple
  2. cause to topple or tumble by pushing
       Synonyms: topple tip
  3. roll over and over, back and forth
  4. fly around; "The clothes tumbled in the dryer"; "rising smoke whirled in the air"
       Synonyms: whirl whirl around
  5. fall apart; "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"
       Synonyms: crumble crumple break down collapse
  6. throw together in a confused mass; "They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern"
  7. understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
       Synonyms: catch on get wise get onto latch on cotton on twig get it
  8. fall suddenly and sharply; "Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency"
  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. suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat
  11. do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully

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