• William trudging dejectedly along with Jumble running behind
    William trudging dejectedly along with Jumble running behind
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v jumble bring into random order
    • v jumble assemble without order or sense "She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence"
    • v jumble be all mixed up or jumbled together "His words jumbled"
    • n jumble a theory or argument made up of miscellaneous or incongruous ideas
    • n jumble small flat ring-shaped cake or cookie
    • n jumble a confused multitude of things
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A man standing in the doorway watching William and Jumble A man standing in the doorway watching William and Jumble

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over billions of years, black holes become white holes and they spit out all of the things they sucked in. the atoms are completely jumbled, so no one knows what will ever come out. Theoratically they'll also turn into a white hole. If you were unfortunate enough to fall within one, you would never actually hit -- because time would stop at some point within the event horizon (space outside) of the black hole. Thanx De Composed
    • Jumble A confused mixture; a mass or collection without order; as, a jumble of words.
    • Jumble A small, thin, sugared cake, usually ring-shaped.
    • v. i Jumble To meet or unite in a confused way; to mix confusedly.
    • v. t Jumble To mix in a confused mass; to put or throw together without order; -- often followed by together or up. "Why dost thou blend and jumble such inconsistencies together?""Every clime and age Jumbled together."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • jumble To mix in a confused mass; put or throw together without order: often followed by together or up.
    • jumble To stir up; arouse.
    • jumble To meet or come together confusedly or promiscuously; be mixed up.
    • jumble To act or work confusedly; stumble along; flounder.
    • n jumble A confused mixture, mass, or collection; a state of disorder or confusion.
    • n jumble A thin crisp cake, composed of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs, flavored with lemon-peel or sweet almonds. Synonyms Farrago, Medley, etc. See mixture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Jumble jum′bl to mix confusedly: to throw together without order
    • v.i Jumble to be mixed together confusedly: to be agitated: to jump at, to accept eagerly
    • n Jumble a confused mixture
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is when we see its separate forms jumbled together.”
  • John Keats
    “O Solitude! If I must with thee dwell, Let it not be among the jumbled heap of murky buildings”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. jump, i. e., to make to jump, or shake


In literature:

With a muffled objurgation he fell upon the jumble and began to overhaul it.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
Carl glanced intently at the jumbled list and fell feverishly to working from a different viewpoint.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
They may be regularly arranged, or jumbled together haphazard.
"In Indian Mexico (1908)" by Frederick Starr
The jumble sale was being held in the schools and all St. Gwithian was there, fighting tooth and nail over the bargains.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, January 28th, 1920" by Various
At first he could hear only a confused jumble through the receivers that were clamped to his ear.
"The Boy Scouts In Russia" by John Blaine
Good works and gay pleasures fill its days in a wild jumble.
"The Business of Being a Woman" by Ida M. Tarbell
When all the numbers have been called there is a jumbled sentence on the board for each aisle.
"School, Church, and Home Games" by George O. Draper
I am afraid this letter will seem rather jumbled.
"Letters of a Woman Homesteader" by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
It looks like a jumble sale already!
"Four Weird Tales" by Algernon Blackwood
The main street zigzagged carelessly through a jumble of little houses.
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt

In poetry:

The dust and sun is life and fun;
The hot and sultry weather
A higher zest gives every breast,
Thus jumbled all together.
"The Journey From School And To School" by Charles Lamb
How low men were, and how they rise!
How high they were, and how they tumble!
O vanity of vanities!
O laughable, pathetic jumble!
"Vanitas Vanitatum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
All those that jumble wrong with right,
And good, with evil turns, requite,
Still shew themselves my constant foes,
And still their ranc'rous thoughts disclose.
"Psalm XXXVIII." by Rees Prichard
A poor clerk I, 'Arnaut the less' they call me,
And because I have small mind to sit
Day long, long day cooped on a stool
A-jumbling o' figures for Maitre Jacques Polin,
I ha' taken to rambling the South here.
"Marvoil" by Ezra Pound
Or else we make a scarecrow of the day,
Loose ends and jumble of our common world,
And stuff and nonsense of our own free will;
Or else our changing flesh may never know
There must be sorrow if there can be love.
"Canzone" by W H Auden
She says that table's "awful" and it drives her to despair;
Perhaps it does, but method's in what seems confusion there-
I know where every paper is, each book and magazine.
That jumbled pile was sacred in the eyes of Josephine.
"Josephine" by John O Brien

In news:

Picture Is Jumbled on Which Abortion Messages Can Get on TV.
The on-field goals of what precious little remains of the 2012 season have become so jumbled.
A bulky 1848 brownstone cube topped by a steep mansard roof , it sits mysteriously in a neighborhood of much lesser buildings, on the divide between the new retail luxury of SoHo and the jumble of Chinatown.
Most medicine cabinet s contain a jumble of over-the-counter health products, but knowing what to use, when, can be confusing.
Region Playoffs Jumble Softball Polls.
It's after 2 in the morning, we're squashed in a stretch limo with 11 others, stray limbs jumbled onto the vehicle's floor like a pile of sticks.
But a closer look shows striking parallels: Both are Silicon Valley companies based on technologies for plucking gems of information from confused jumbles.
The crowded jumble of new and used pipes and metal parts on the grounds of the Route 66 Ethanol plant are starting to find their place.
Woman gets 'Jumble' surprise for her 70th birthday.
Cohan has a complete jumble of a piece over at The New York Times 's Opinionator site.
0 The top 10 gets jumbled this week.
He retrieves a tangled mess of hangers , all jumbled together, and his punch line is classic.
Enlarge Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesTom Brady's Patriots are atop a jumbled AFC East after an overtime victory against the Jets.
I'm afraid the dining room will look jumbled, but I like the look of mixed designs.
'Painted Skin' sequel a jumbled mess.

In science:

In the next section we will discuss various formal definitions of the notion of pseudo-randomness, from the so called jumbled graphs of Thomason to the (n, d, λ)-graphs defined by Alon, where pseudo-randomness is connected to the eigenvalue gap.
Pseudo-random graphs
Then we discuss the notion of jumbled graphs introduced by Thomason in the mid-eighties.
Pseudo-random graphs
Applying it indeed to G(n, p) and recalling (1) we conclude that the random graph G(n, p) is almost surely O(√np)-jumbled.
Pseudo-random graphs
This paper is not the place to perform such realistic calculations, but we expect that the many RN shells will overlap and jumble together (especially as viewed in pro jection on the sky) to yield a radial profile much as observed in Figure 9.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
This is (up to normalization) a directed variant of the well known notion of jumbled graphs, that was introduced By Thomason .
Long cycles in subgraphs of (pseudo)random directed graphs