• A cock stumbles upon a ring
    A cock stumbles upon a ring
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stumble make an error "She slipped up and revealed the name"
    • v stumble miss a step and fall or nearly fall "She stumbled over the tree root"
    • v stumble walk unsteadily "The drunk man stumbled about"
    • v stumble encounter by chance "I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant"
    • n stumble an unintentional but embarrassing blunder "he recited the whole poem without a single trip","he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later","confusion caused his unfortunate misstep"
    • n stumble an unsteady uneven gait
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stumble A blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude. "One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life."
    • Stumble A trip in walking or running.
    • Stumble Fig.: To mislead; to confound; to perplex; to cause to err or to fall. "False and dazzling fires to stumble men.""One thing more stumbles me in the very foundation of this hypothesis."
    • Stumble To cause to stumble or trip.
    • Stumble To fall into a crime or an error; to err. "He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion og stumbling in him."
    • Stumble To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; -- with on upon, or against. "Ovid stumbled , by some inadvertency, upon Livia in a bath.""Forth as she waddled in the brake,
      A gray goose stumbled on a snake."
    • Stumble To trip in walking or in moving in any way with the legs; to strike the foot so as to fall, or to endanger a fall; to stagger because of a false step. "There stumble steeds strong and down go all.""The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know at what they stumble ."
    • Stumble To walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner. "He stumbled up the dark avenue."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stumble To slip or trip in moving on the feet; make a false step; strike the foot, or miss footing, so as to stagger or fall.
    • stumble To move or act unsteadily or in a staggering manner; trip in doing or saying anything; make false steps or blunders, as from confusion or inattention: as, to stumble through a performance.
    • stumble To take a false step or be staggered mentally or morally; trip, as against a stumbling-block; find an occasion of offense; be offended or tempted.
    • stumble To come accidentally or unexpectedly; chance; happen; light: with on or upon.
    • stumble To cause to stumble; cause to trip; stagger; trip up.
    • stumble To puzzle; perplex; embarrass; nonplus; confound.
    • n stumble The act of stumbling; a trip in walking or running.
    • n stumble A blunder; a failure; a false step.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Stumble stum′bl to strike the feet against something, to trip in walking: to light on by chance (with upon): to slide into crime or error
    • v.t Stumble to cause to trip or stop: to puzzle
    • n Stumble a trip in walking or running: a blunder: a failure
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  • Ryszard Kapuscinski
    “Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.”
  • Portuguese Proverb
    Portuguese Proverb
    “Stumbling is not falling.”
  • L. Estrange
    L. Estrange
    “One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.”
  • Roger Smith
    Roger Smith
    “You don't just stumble into the future. You create your own future.”
  • Bo Lozoff
    Bo Lozoff
    “We're all stumbling towards the light with varying degrees of grace at any given moment.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stumblen, stomblen,; freq. of a word akin to E. stammer,. See Stammer


In literature:

Most of them dragged themselves forward with stumbling footsteps.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
Blair would be a stumbling-block to his scheme.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
She sat very quietly as the cobbler stumbled through the finely written sheets.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
While Lorenzo stumbled, Daoud plucked the man's dagger out of its scabbard.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
An arm under each of his, and the three men stumbled from the room.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
He stumbled carefully at every other step.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The young fellow was hanging back, and stumbling in limp fashion.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
White Bear stumbled on the stony creekbed, bruising his feet through his moccasins.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
He came stumbling out of the house, and walked abstractedly around the horses.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
We had stumbled upon a two-man flier.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs

In poetry:

In April, in April,
My love went whistling by,
And I stumbled here to my high hill
Along the way of a lie.
"A Well-Worn Story" by Dorothy Parker
We watched her come with subtle fire
And learned feet,
Stumbling among the lustful drunk
Yet somehow sweet.
"To A Cabaret Dancer" by Djuna Barnes
A little glimmering brightness
Goes down the uncertain street—
A lantern, and a mother
With tired and stumbling feet.
"From The Window" by Heinrich Heine
Groping timidly at dusk,
You shall waken with the lark
And smile to see us feel our way,
Stumbling absurdly in the dark.
"To A Lady Of Many Summers" by Edith Mirick
Were that gone, all were gone for me;
I should go wandering,
Blind, stumbling, seeking everywhere
The one thing, the one thing.
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
'Tis found—Oh, alas! it should ever be so!—
That many amongst us are leagued with the foe,
Give harbour, and homage, and serve him as slaves,
Till bleeding and stumbling they crawl to their graves.
"Temperance Warfare" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign has stumbled badly out of the starting gate.
The other day I stumbled on a small pebble but caught myself before I fell.
I'm really excited to have stumbled upon this community.
I have always been a fan of Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks, but more recently I stumbled into using it as a collaboration tool.
), then I've stumbled on a treasure.
Following scandals, Tide may have stumbled onto once-in-a-lifetime hire.
Burglars Stumble Upon Man's Child Porn Stash, Turn Him In.
Kate and Charlie (Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul), a young married couple, stumble down Kate's path to sobriety.
Inside 'The Hunger Games' Premiere: Crying Teens, a Dangerous Stumble and the Middle Finger .
The new Trojan Century Center has become an unnecessary stumbling block in discussions regarding the need to increase property taxes to fund education.
WHILE Times Square stumbled through one more chaotic day, thoughts turned yesterday to another moment of urban breakdown.
Titans stumble to 1-4 with loss to Vikings.
"I just got back from OHIO, and all I got was FOUR YEARS," screamed a stumbling but upbeat Obama campaigner.
Stumbling Across a Rarity, Even for the Rare Book Room.
I stumbled out of the tent trailer this last July to join my husband for our morning coffee.

In science:

The exception, i.e., the main stumbling block for applying the converse theorem, is that of stability of certain root numbers under highly ramified twists.
Generic Transfer for General Spin Groups
Decoherence has become a sub ject of increasing interest, since it is not only related to the problems of measurement and emergence of classical behaviour [1, 2, 3, 4] but has become one of the main stumbling blocks for quantum information solutions.
A random matrix theory of decoherence
From this one can see that the stumbling block for having quantum gravity on M lies in the “limit elements ” of M.
General Relativity on Random Operators
The hope is that by trial and error, both on the theory side and on the experiment side, we might eventually stumble upon the first few definite (experimental!) hints on the quantum-gravity problem.
Quantum-Gravity Phenomenology: Status and Prospects
We did also stumble upon the somewhat unwanted splitcore configurations but fortunately they never became the lowest energy solutions.
More on core instabilities of magnetic monopoles