- a person who performs leaps, somersaults, and other bodily feats.
- (in a lock) any locking or checking part that, when lifted or released by the action of a key or the like, allows the bolt to move.
- a stemless drinking glass having a flat, often thick bottom.
- (in a gunlock) a leverlike piece that by the action of a spring forces the hammer forward when released by the trigger.
- a part moving a gear into place in a selective transmission.
- a single cog or cam on a rotating shaft, transmitting motion to a part with which it engages.
- a tumbling box or barrel.
- a person who operates a tumbling box or barrel.
- one of a breed of dogs resembling a small greyhound, used formerly in hunting rabbits.
- Also called roller. one of a breed of domestic pigeons noted for the habit of tumbling backward in flight.
- a toy, usually representing a fat, squatting figure, that is weighted and rounded at the bottom so as to rock when touched.
- a tumbrel or tumble cart.
Origin of tumbler
Examples from the Web for tumbler
He drained the wine from the tumbler and turned away from the window, and there was no self-pity in his gravelly voice.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
September 6, 2014
Within the first day, it was re-blogged 30,000 times on Tumbler.Redheads Are Sexy, Dammit!
September 2, 2014
Audiences were shocked and horrified by the scene, as the two performers fell on top of tumbler George North.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus
May 5, 2014
“There is a serious undercurrent here,” said Gardner, between sips from her tumbler.The Best Egg-Laying Chickens, And a Pig As Cover Star: The Winning Modern Farmer Formula
May 2, 2014
Tessie sat blowing rings of smoke up to the ceiling and tinkling the ice in her tumbler.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Short cakes may be made of this, cut out with the edge of a tumbler.
Cut it into cakes with the edge of a tumbler or with a tin-cake cutter.
He half filled the tumbler as he said it, and drank off the contents when he had done saying it.Little Dorrit
She had been beating up an egg with sugar and wine, and now brought it in in a tumbler.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
But who is the gentleman who is just going up to them and handing them a tumbler so officiously?A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
- a flat-bottomed drinking glass with no handle or stem. Originally, a tumbler had a round or pointed base and so could not stand upright
- Also called: tumblerfulthe contents or quantity such a glass holds
- a person, esp a professional entertainer, who performs somersaults and other acrobatic feats
- another name for tumble dryer
- Also called: tumbling box a pivoted box or drum rotated so that the contents (usually inferior gemstones) tumble about and become smooth and polished
- the part of a lock that retains or releases the bolt and is moved by the action of a key
- a lever in a gunlock that receives the action of the mainspring when the trigger is pressed and thus forces the hammer forwards
- a part that moves a gear in a train of gears into and out of engagement
- a single cog or cam that transmits motion to the part with which it engages
- a toy, often a doll, that is so weighted that it rocks when touched
- (often capital) a breed of domestic pigeon kept for exhibition or flying. The performing varieties execute backward somersaults in flight
Word Origin and History for tumbler
mid-14c., "acrobat," agent noun from tumble (v.). A fem. form was tumbester (late 14c.). Meaning "drinking glass" is recorded from 1660s, originally a glass with a rounded or pointed bottom which would cause it to "tumble," and thus it could not be set down until it was empty.