• WordNet 3.6
    • n tumbler pigeon that executes backward somersaults in flight or on the ground
    • n tumbler a glass with a flat bottom but no handle or stem; originally had a round bottom
    • n tumbler a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown
    • n tumbler a gymnast who performs rolls and somersaults and twists etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tumbler (Zoöl) A breed of dogs that tumble when pursuing game. They were formerly used in hunting rabbits.
    • Tumbler A drinking glass, without a foot or stem; -- so called because originally it had a pointed or convex base, and could not be set down with any liquor in it, thus compelling the drinker to finish his measure.
    • Tumbler A kind of cart; a tumbrel.
    • Tumbler A movable obstruction in a lock, consisting of a lever, latch, wheel, slide, or the like, which must be adjusted to a particular position by a key or other means before the bolt can be thrown in locking or unlocking.
    • Tumbler (Firearms) A piece attached to, or forming part of, the hammer of a gunlock, upon which the mainspring acts and in which are the notches for the sear point to enter.
    • Tumbler (Zoöl) A variety of the domestic pigeon remarkable for its habit of tumbling, or turning somersaults, during its flight.
    • Tumbler One who tumbles; one who plays tricks by various motions of the body; an acrobat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tumbler A wheel or drum with revolving paddles, used in tanning hides.
    • n tumbler One who tumbles; one who performs by turning somersaults, walking on the hands, etc., as a mountebank.
    • n tumbler One of the religious sect known as Dunkers. See Dunker.
    • n tumbler A breed of domestic pigeons which perform certain aërial evolutions called tumbling, during which they fall through the air for a distance before making play with their wings. This performance is an exaggeration of the sweeping or gyrating flight characteristic of wild pigeons, and an approach to it may be shown by any pigeons, when, for example, a hawk dashes into a flock. Tumblers have a short round head with high forehead and very short beak. They are classed in two series, those bred to flight and those bred to color. The former are the ordinary or flying tumblers, most noted for their performances in mid air: some are even trained to tumble in a room. Some tumblers, known as Oriental rollers, are noted for leaving the flock individually and rising to execute the movement Tumblers bred to color without special reference to their flight are of many strains, known by color-names, black, red, or yellow mottle, red or yellow agate, almond-splash, etc.
    • n tumbler A kind of greyhound formerly used in coursing rabbits: so called in allusion to his characteristic motions and springs.
    • n tumbler A porpoise.
    • n tumbler The aquatic larva of a mosquito, gnat, or other member of the Culicidæ; a wriggler: so called from the manner in which they roll over and over in the water.
    • n tumbler A figure or toy representing a fat person, usually a mandarin, sitting with crossed legs. The base of the figure is rounded, so as to rock at a touch.
    • n tumbler One of a band of London reckless profligates in the early part of the eighteenth century.
    • n tumbler A drinking-glass. One with a rounded or pointed bottom, so that it may not be set down without being emptied and inverted.
    • n tumbler A sort of spring-latch in a lock which detains the bolt so as to prevent its motion until a key lifts it and sets the bolt at liberty.
    • n tumbler Same as tumbling-box.
    • n tumbler In a gun-lock, a piece of the nature of a lever, attached to the pivot of the hammer of the lock, and swiveled to the tip of the mainspring, which, when the hammer is released by pulling the trigger, forces the hammer violently forward, causing it to strike and explode the charge. See also cut under gun-lock.
    • n tumbler A form of printing-machine which rocks or tumbles to the impression-surface.
    • n tumbler Nautical, one of the movable pins for the engagement of the cat-head stopper and shank-painter. These pins, moving simultaneously, release the ends of the cat-stopper and shank-painter, thus letting go the anchor.
    • n tumbler In weaving, any one of a set of levers (also called coupers) from which in some forms of loom the heddles are suspended.
    • n tumbler Same as tumbrel, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Tumbler one who tumbles: one who plays any of the feats or tricks of the acrobat or contortionist: a large drinking-glass, so called because formerly, having a pointed base, it could not be set down without tumbling: a kind of domestic pigeon, so called from its tumbling on the wing: a kind of greyhound: a kind of spring-latch in a lock, preventing the bolt being shot in either direction: a piece attached to the hammer of a firearm lock, receiving the thrust of the mainspring and forcing the hammer forward so as to strike and explode the charge: a porpoise: one of a gang of London street ruffians early in the 18th century, whose favourite frolic was to set women on their heads: a tumbril: one of a set of levers from which hang the heddles in some looms
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  • Charles Dickens
    “Bring in the bottled lightning, a clean tumbler, and a corkscrew.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tumbian; cf. Old High Ger. tūmilōn (Ger. taumeln), Ice. tumba, to dance.


In literature:

Sixteen tablespoonfuls or half a pint, are one tumblerful.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
The tumbler should be placed at the upper end of the knife.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
A little while after he filled a tumbler with water, and began to drink it.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
She had gone over to a wall basin and was washing out a tumbler.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
As soon as I was in bed the mate made me drink a tumbler of hot grog, and left me.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
His native intelligence suggested a tumbler on the head of the cask, and the exploring hand proved the idea to be correct.
"My Doggie and I" by R.M. Ballantyne
He was rockin' his head back and forth, and just as we gets there out rolls a big tear, about a tumblerful.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Personally I know that I never drank more than half a tumbler or less in the twenty-four hours during that time.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
In either case (as with the short-faced tumbler) the young or embryo would closely resemble the mature parent-form.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
Put a few of these packets in a tumbler of rain water and watch for the wigglers.
"An Elementary Study of Insects" by Leonard Haseman

In poetry:

T was a Tumbler full
of Punch all hot and good;
Papa he drank it up, when in
The middle of a wood.
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
Yet firmly stood he by the sinking ship,
Went down at last with all his colours flying;
No hand but his raised tumbler to his lip,
What time J. Woods, the Martyr, lay a-dying.
"Jimmy Wood" by Barcroft Henry Boake
Noo, Luckie, some time, had been layin' her lugs
In whisky, an' drank it in tumblers an' jugs;
An' sae ye may ken that her life was sune sped—
Ae morning they found her cauld deid in her bed.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton
Among the tawny tasselled reed
The ducks and ducklings float and feed.
With head oft dabbing in the flood
They fish all day the weedy mud,
And tumbler-like are bobbing there,
Heels topsy turvy in the air.
"The Fens" by John Clare

In news:

Strain into a chilled tumbler.
Nothing says success better than a handmade Dominican Republic PG cigar and a tumbler of rich Brugal rum.
Refills on the large tumbler are 99 cents.
Batman's movie Tumbler and Bat-Pod are in San Antonio today to promote next month's "The Dark Knight Rises," and not even villainous heat will stop fans that want peeks and photos.
Batman's Tumbler and Bat-Pod roll into town Wednesday.
Now 17, the Massachusetts athlete is considered one of the best tumblers in the world.
A member of the Jesse White Tumblers when he was 9 and 10 years old, Bell's jumping ability led to some of the most entertaining routines of the meet.
"They (Jesse White Tumblers ) taught me a little something, but really I was out there on the grass," Bell said.
Zak Cone Travel Tumbler With Handle.
Make a compost tumbler .
Acme Brick toasted its employees for the company's 121st anniversary last month, giving them each a set of tumbler glasses bearing historic images.
The Tumbler, driven by actor Christian Bale in The Dark Knight, will be part of the Batmobile Tour stopping in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
McAlister's Deli has a cute 2012 tea ornament for sale -- $4.99 for a mini tea tumbler.
UniMac has taken "green" thinking in a fun, new direction by launching a website to promote what it calls the "Tumbler Re-Use Project.
Once a lock has been picked, the tumblers can be read in order to originate a key if all keys were no longer available.