• WordNet 3.6
    • n somersaulting an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return
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In literature:

Peter pitched forward on his head, turned a somersault, and scrambled to his feet.
"The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse" by Thornton W. Burgess
But she also could turn mental somersaults.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Lucy clung to her mamma, Jane saved Emily by the gathers of her gown, and Tony saved himself by a somersault.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Again it was over in an instant; for the second time the steer turned a somersault.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
At the exact moment Mike launched his shoe, the toe of which caught Nick under the jaw and caused him to turn a backward somersault.
"The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters" by Edward S. Ellis
The Hindoo Anarchist pulled a galloping somersault.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
With a "hurrah" he jumped up and turned a somersault right at Santa Claus's feet.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
The other was caught dexterously in mid-air, but not before its contents had turned a somersault and wrought ruin all around it.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
As he fell he described a partial somersault, landing on hands and knees half-way down the slope.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
As he came tumbling down he gracefully turned a somersault and landed, quite unhurt, upon his feet.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins

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.
On the other hand, SOMERSAULTS.
"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.
Like most 3-year-olds, Karter Peterson runs through life with boundless energy, jumping, darting, rolling somersaults and invigorating others with his smile and spirit.
On May 6, 2012, Norma Charest stood at the start line of the Cox Rhode Races' Marathon, near the State House in Providence, and trembled with fear, her stomach doing triple somersaults.
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.