• WordNet 3.6
    • v somersault do a somersault
    • n somersault an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Somersault A leap in which a person turns his heels over his head and lights upon his feet; a turning end over end. "The vaulter's sombersalts .""Now I'll only
      Make him break his neck in doing a sommerset ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n somersault A spring or fling in which a person turns heels over head; a complete turn in the air, such as is performed by tumblers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Somersault sum′ėr-sawlt a leap in which a person turns with his heels over his head
    • Somersault Also Som′erset
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. soubresaut, a jump, leap, OF. soubresault, It. soprassalto, an overleap, fr. L. supra, over + saltus, a leap, fr. salire, to leap; or the French may be from Sp. sobresalto, a sudden asault, a surprise. See Supra, and Salient,


In literature:

The first thing I saw was one of the riders turning a somersault in the air.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
And even if I did, I don't see why you should have turned a somersault.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
Then he began and turned somersaults innumerable.
"The Arkansaw Bear" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Firefly turned a somersault.
"The Cave Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
He all but threw somersaults.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
Would you like to see a girl somersaulting up and down the hall?
"Hollyhock" by L. T. Meade
And you should have seen him turn somersaults and walk on his hands!
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
But Viggo turned a somersault instead of "Right about" and ran to the house.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Luckily the beast did not damage the barber, but the demonstration frightened him so that he turned a somersault in a ditch.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

In poetry:

In darkroom of your eye the moonly mind
somersaults to counterfeit eclipse;
bright angels black out over logic's land
under shutter of their handicaps.
"Sonnet To Satan" by Sylvia Plath
I'd like to be a clown,
Playing tricks around the town,
Turning somersaults and springs,
As if they were easy things,
Laughing morning, noon and night,
Being such a funny sight!
"Humor" by John Chipman Farrar
"You are old," said the youth, "as I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door —
Pray, what is the reason of that?"
"Father William" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Kickballer Ricky Laforge of the New York Shower Hammers scored the game winning run by doing a flying somersault.
BALTIMORE (CNS)—Nineteen-month-old Mason Shaffer has no qualms about somersaulting off a couch in his family's Pennsylvania home.
Of course, when conures do their somersaults or any trick, you can win big points with them by giving them lots of praise for a job well done.
The film, "Somersault in a Coffin," was shot last year for an astonishing $15,000.
During the Cincinnati Bengals' game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday, Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson jumped high in the air and then somersaulted over Arizona linebacker Daryl Washington.
On the other hand, SOMERSAULTS.
It's hard to believe, given the rhetorical somersaults that some Republican senatorial candidates have done this year regarding the nature of sexual assault, but some state lawmakers in Pennsylvania have outdone them.
"Motorcycle Madness" with motorcycle daredevils somersaulting and spinning in a large globe.
Jae C Hong/AP Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has been struggling lately so he celebrated getting a save on Tuesday with a couple of somersaults toward home plate.
CINCINNATI—Reds manager Dusty Baker made sure that closer Aroldis Chapman won't be doing any more somersaults after finishing a game.
Cop's Amazing Somersault Escape From Car Crash Caught on Camera.
From 60 feet, nothing but nylon but it's a somersault shot put shot.
The YouTube footage is humorous, the inexperienced subject half-somersaulting, half-back-flipping over a relatively low bar into the pole-vault pit with accompanying laughter from onlookers five years ago.
After a slow somersault to allow an inspection of Discovery 's belly, the space shuttle is docked with the international space station.
Olivia Goree, Issaquah junior, sticks a solid dismount somersault from the balance beam Jan 14 during a meet against host Mount Si, Newport and Olympia, earning 9.8 on the apparatus.