or som·er·set sum·mer·sault, sum·mer·set
- an acrobatic movement, either forward or backward, in which the body rolls end over end, making a complete revolution.
- such a movement performed in the air as part of a dive, tumbling routine, etc.
- a complete overturn or reversal, as of opinion.
- to perform a somersault.
Origin of somersault
1520–30; < Middle French sombresaut, alteration of sobresault; compare Old Provençal sobre over (< Latin super), saut a leap (< Latin saltus)
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Examples from the Web for summerset
And not in a day, and merely saying to itself, "Let me do summerset!"
Desperate as that summerset was, it has proved unsuccessful.
Well, I've another plan: and I think it must plaze you:—did you ever throw a summerset?
Now hark to this, Thady; you'll throw your summerset as well as you can, and while you're throwing it.
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- a forward roll in which the head is placed on the ground and the trunk and legs are turned over it
- a similar roll in a backward direction
- an acrobatic feat in which either of these rolls are performed in midair, as in diving or gymnastics
- a complete reversal of opinion, policy, etc
- (intr) to perform a somersault
C16: from Old French soubresault, probably from Old Provençal sobresaut, from sobre over (from Latin super) + saut a jump, leap (from Latin saltus)
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Word Origin and History for summerset
1850, from somersault (n.). Related: Somersaulted; somersaulting.
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