• WordNet 3.6
    • n tumbrel a farm dumpcart for carrying dung; carts of this type were used to carry prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tumbrel (Mil) A cart or carriage with two wheels, which accompanies troops or artillery, to convey the tools of pioneers, cartridges, and the like.
    • Tumbrel A cucking stool for the punishment of scolds.
    • Tumbrel A kind of basket or cage of osiers, willows, or the like, to hold hay and other food for sheep.
    • Tumbrel A rough cart.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tumbrel A low cart used by farmers for the removal of dung, etc.; a dung-cart. The body of the cart was a separate box, sometimes called a which (see which), in which the dung or other load was placed, to be dumped by upsetting the box. The name is often given to the carts used to convey the victims of the French Revolution to the guillotine, but contemporary plates represent these as large four-wheeled wagons.
    • n tumbrel A covered cart with two wheels, which accompanies artillery, for the conveyance of tools, ammunition, etc.
    • n tumbrel A chair fixed on a pair of wheels and having very long shafts used to punish scolds. On its being wheeled into a pond backward, and suddenly tilted up, the woman was plunged into the water. Compare cucking-stool and ducking-stool.
    • n tumbrel A sort of circular cage or crib, made of osiers or twigs, used in some parts of England for holding food for sheep in winter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tumbrel a cart with two wheels for conveying the tools of pioneers, artillery stores, &c.: a dung-cart: the name given to the carts which conveyed victims to the guillotine during the French Revolution.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. tomberel, F. tombereau, fr. tomber, to fall, to tumble; of Teutonic origin. Cf. Tumble
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tomberel (Fr. tombereau)—tomber, to fall, because the body of the cart could be tumbled without unyoking.


In literature:

A man condemned to death is listening to his confessor in the tumbrel.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
His eyes were fixed on the tumbrel.
"Notre-Dame de Paris" by Victor Hugo
TUMBREL-SLOP, loose, baggy breeches.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
TUMBREL-SLOP, loose, baggy breeches.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
TUMBREL-SLOP, loose, baggy breeches.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
TUMBREL-SLOP, loose, baggy breeches.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
TUMBREL-SLOP, loose, baggy breeches.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
Cadine and Marjolin then directed their attention to the vans and drays and tumbrels which were drawn up in the quiet street.
"The Fat and the Thin" by Emile Zola
Picture to yourself a tumbrel of prisoners on their way to Lons-le-Saulnier.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père
Still, the people who rode in the death-tumbrel did not seem so very miserable.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Another hurdle was brought forward, and Demdike advanced to the tumbrel.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
I only thought of Marie Antoinette after the tumbrel went by.
"While Caroline Was Growing" by Josephine Daskam Bacon
But the tumbrels that made their daily ghastly journey did not pass their way.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
At Wootton Bassett there was a tumbrel, which, until within the last few years, was perfect.
"Bygone Punishments" by William Andrews
That rode into the discard on the tumbrels of the Revolution.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
Sometimes, when placed on a tumbrel, it was used for ducking.
"Curious Punishments of Bygone Days" by Alice Morse Earle
They punished it with the pillory and tumbrel.
"Twentieth Century Socialism" by Edmond Kelly
The death-tumbrel that Passion builds for its dreams.
"The Roycroft Dictionary" by Elbert Hubbard
Baggage wagons moved hither and thither loaded with stores; tumbrels with ammunition rumbled along the streets.
"George Alfred Henty" by George Manville Fenn
They had the right to erect gallows, pillory and tumbrel for the punishment of malefactors.
"Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535" by Eileen Edna Power

In news:

Only one Dukes County town is riding in the tumbrel, bound for the United States Postal Service guillotine.