• WordNet 3.6
    • n funambulism walking on a tightrope or slack rope
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n funambulism The art of tightrope walking; rope-walking.
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In literature:

Thus the French rope-dancers have transformed themselves into acrobates and funambules.
"Democracy In America, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Alexis de Toqueville
But to return to the performance at the Funambules.
"The Magic Skin" by Honore de Balzac
I shall have Bobino and the Funambules and Madame Saqui.
"A Distinguished Provincial at Paris" by Honore de Balzac
Associated Words: funambulate, funambulatory, poy.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
There are our theatres, the Funambule and the Porte St. Martin.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
I must play that part at the Funambules.
"Sister Anne (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume X)" by Charles Paul de Kock