• Tumbled rocks leading down to the tree-edged water
    Tumbled rocks leading down to the tree-edged water
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tumble do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully
    • v tumble suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat
    • v tumble put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying "Wash in warm water and tumble dry"
    • v tumble fall suddenly and sharply "Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency"
    • v tumble understand, usually after some initial difficulty "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
    • v tumble throw together in a confused mass "They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern"
    • v tumble roll over and over, back and forth
    • v tumble fall down, as if collapsing "The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it"
    • v tumble fall apart "the building crumbled after the explosion","Negotiations broke down"
    • v tumble fly around "The clothes tumbled in the dryer","rising smoke whirled in the air"
    • v tumble cause to topple or tumble by pushing
    • n tumble a sudden drop from an upright position "he had a nasty spill on the ice"
    • n tumble an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The ogre came tumbling down the beanstalk after him The ogre came tumbling down the beanstalk after him
Jack and Jill tumbling down Jack and Jill tumbling down
Albert tumbling off of basket Albert tumbling off of basket

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tumble Act of tumbling, or rolling over; a fall.
    • Tumble To disturb; to rumple; as, to tumble a bed.
    • Tumble To play tricks by various movements and contortions of the body; to perform the feats of an acrobat.
    • Tumble To roll down; to fall suddenly and violently; to be precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold. "He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill."
    • Tumble To roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about; as, a person in pain tumbles and tosses.
    • Tumble To turn over; to turn or throw about, as for examination or search; to roll or move in a rough, coarse, or unceremonious manner; to throw down or headlong; to precipitate; -- sometimes with over about, etc.; as, to tumble books or papers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tumble To roll about by turning one way and another; toss; pitch about; wallow: as, he tumbles and tosses from pain; the tumbling sea.
    • tumble To lose footing or support and fall to the ground; come down suddenly and violently; be precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold.
    • tumble To move or go in a rough, careless, or headlong manner.
    • tumble To play mountebank tricks by various springs, balancings, posturings, and contortions of the body.
    • tumble To dance.
    • tumble To fall rapidly, as prices: as, fancy stocks have tumbled.
    • tumble To turn in; go to bed.
    • tumble Nautical to come up hastily and in a scrambling way through the hatchway on a ship's deck, as a sailor or a number of sailors together: as, the starboard watch tumbled up.
    • tumble To turn over; toss about as for examination or search; revolve in one's mind: usually with over.
    • tumble To disorder; rumple: as, to tumble bedclothes.
    • tumble To throw by chance or with violence; fling; pitch.
    • tumble To bring down; overturn or overthrow; cast to the ground; fling headlong.
    • tumble To polish by revolution in a tumbling-box.
    • n tumble A fall; a rolling or turning over; a somersault.
    • n tumble A state of entanglement or confusion.
    • n tumble Same as tumbling-box.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Tumble tum′bl to fall: to come down suddenly and violently: to roll: to twist the body, as a mountebank: to fall rapidly, as prices: to go hastily:
    • v.t Tumble to throw headlong: to turn over: to throw about while examining: to disorder, rumple
    • n Tumble act of tumbling: a fall: a rolling over, a somersault: confusion
    • v.i Tumble tum′bl (slang) to understand, twig
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  • Samuel Butler
    “Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tumblen, AS. tumbian, to turn heels over head, to dance violently; akin to D. tuimelen, to fall, Sw. tumla, Dan. tumle, Icel. tumba,; and cf. G. taumeln, to reel, to stagger
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tumbian; cf. Old High Ger. tūmilōn (Ger. taumeln), Ice. tumba, to dance.


In literature:

The sun rose the next day in a cloudless sky, and shone on a brilliant sea of tumbling, white-capped waves.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Mamie's tumbled in; Mamie's tumbled in!
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
In short, my man, I am near tumbling.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
And when he looked up and saw somebody's nose appear in the doorway he tumbled right over backward.
"The Tale of Miss Kitty Cat" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Tumble up, tumble up there, my hearties, there's no time to lose!
"The Wreck of the Nancy Bell" by J. C. Hutcheson
The only clue they had was that a great wolverine came tumbling out of the tree and hurried away into the dense forest.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
Velasco tumbled in beside her on the seat.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
Hope it don't mean that the roofs going to tumble in.
"Cormorant Crag" by George Manville Fenn
I was born aboard a canal boat, and often tumbled in and had to be fished out by my father with the spitcher.
"Fire Island" by G. Manville Fenn
How um tumble down den?
"Mass' George" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

Go search this thing,
Tumble thy breast and turn thy book:
If thou hadst lost a glove or ring,
Wouldst thou not look?
"The Method" by George Herbert
Two long walls, a tumbled shed,
Bushes shadowing each wall -
When I've wondered where it led
People say Nowhere at all.
"Blind Alley" by Eleanor Farjeon
How fair the azure fields in sight
Before the low-browed inn
The tumbling billows fringe with light
The crescent shore of Lynn;
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"But while I bled, and groaned, and died,
I ruined Satan's throne;
High on my cross I hung, and spied
The monster tumbling down.
"Hymn 21" by Isaac Watts
Hup the stairs the landlord tumbled;
Something's going wrong, he said;
And he caught the vicked voman
Underneath the lodgers' bed.
"The Ballad Of Eliza Davis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Then the sea, whose waves are dancing
In the lingering yellow light,
Till you rest, alone and weary,
On the tumbling waves of night.
"The Four Winds" by R S Ward

In news:

Cassini closes in on Saturn's tumbling moon Hyperion .
More than a year after the city council granted approval for demolition at Claremont's Peppertree Square, the walls have come tumbling down.
Shares tumbled the most in six years after said it will no longer be a supplier to Juniper Networks Inc, losing its biggest customer.
A dismal May jobs report and double-dip recession in parts of Europe sent stocks tumbling Friday.
Car, driver tumble into giant sinkhole amid rainstorm .
Authorities say an 86-year-old western New York woman tumbled off a cliff while doing yard work and clung to a tree for an hour before being rescued.
3 two years ago before tumbling back to No.
House of Dave begins its tumble.
More rocks came tumbling down to Interstate 40 Friday, this time in western North Carolina.
Tigers Tumble to 0-6 in SEC.
"Lonely but free I'll be found," sing the Sons of the Pioneers, "drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds .
Social Network Sweeties Tumbl Upwards .
The S&P 500 has taken a tumble on renewed fears about the global economy.
Apartment- Vacancy Rate Tumbles to 2001 Level.
McDonald's tumbled after warning of weak sales while MCD spin-off Chipotle plunged on an earnings miss.

In science:

Moreover, if the particles with shape coefficient bγ rotate about λ (resp. tumbles), then all particles with |γ | < |bγ | and sgn(γ ) = sgn(bγ ) rotate about λ (resp. tumble).
Orientation of non-spherical particles in an axisymmetric random flow
The tumbling motion of a non-spherical particle in the axisymmetric random flow differs from that of a rod immersed in the flow resulting from the superposition of a uniform shear and of a short-correlated isotropic random component (Puliafito & Turitsyn 2005; Turitsyn 2007).
Orientation of non-spherical particles in an axisymmetric random flow
Puliafito, A. & Turistyn, K. 2005 Numerical study of polymer tumbling in linear shear flows.
Orientation of non-spherical particles in an axisymmetric random flow
It is a parametrization which allows to interpret the phenomenon of flavor mixing as an evolutionary or tumbling process.
The Physics of Flavor is the Flavor of Physics
However, when the molecules are disolved in an isotropic liquid, all dipolar couplings are averaged away due to rapid tumbling.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution