to mix in a confused mass; put or throw together without order: You've jumbled up all the cards.
to confuse mentally; muddle.
to be mixed together in a disorderly heap or mass.
to meet or come together confusedly.
a mixed or disordered heap or mass: a jumble of paper clips, rubber bands, and string.
a confused mixture; medley.
a state of confusion or disorder.
Also jumbal . a small, round, flat cake or cookie with a hole in the middle.
- jum·ble·ment, noun
- jumbler, noun
- jum·bling·ly, adverb
- un·jum·bled, adjective
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How to use jumble in a sentence
When tested on a jumble of polyethylene, PET and EVOH beads, the solvent washes recovered more than 95 percent of each material — hinting that these solvents could be used to strip plastic components off bulkier items than packaging films.Chemists are reimagining recycling to keep plastics out of landfills | Maria Temming | January 27, 2021 | Science News
Sunday afternoon, a jumble of humanity bowled into Burrow’s left leg as he planted it to throw.What to know from NFL Week 11: Carson Wentz looks lost, and Taysom Hill is just getting started | Adam Kilgore | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
While the microscopic deltamethrin crystals in the original spray have a haphazard structure, which looks like a jumble of misaligned flakes, the melted deltamethrin crystals solidified into starburst shapes when they cooled to room temperature.Heating deltamethrin may help it kill pesticide-resistant mosquitoes | Maria Temming | October 19, 2020 | Science News
TikTok, as Wired pointed out last year, is a “brilliant design nightmare”—an endless scroll of 15-second videos that seem to play at random, with hard-to-read fonts, and a jumble of non-intuitive icons.How would Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom redesign TikTok as CEO? | claychandler | September 22, 2020 | Fortune
In the hot rows, a jumble of multicolored wires crisscrosses in tangled skeins.The Deck Is Not Rigged: Poker and the Limits of AI | Maria Konnikova | August 7, 2020 | Singularity Hub
A jumble of split screen video, audio snippets, on-site reporting, and commentary cut-aways followed.Up To a Point: Binge Watching Putin's Propaganda Network | P. J. O’Rourke | September 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He poured heaps of them onto a bed and set about sorting the jumble of tiny vehicles.
They just might get it—a jumble not just of selling points but complementary liabilities.
An “overproduced, overblown, confusingly dark and laboriously ambitious jumble,” ruled Newsday.A ‘Wicked’ Decade: How a Critically Trashed Musical Became a Long-Running Smash | Kevin Fallon | October 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It pauses the careening jumble of events to carve out moments of stillness.
Then he will vent upon you a torrent of abuse, ending in some jumble of socialistic ideas of his own concoction.The Real Latin Quarter | F. Berkeley Smith
It can only mislead and mystify and the greater part of the literature is a mere jumble of inaccurate and mystifying statements.
I am writing opposite Lady Hamilton, therefore you will not be surprised at the glorious jumble of this letter.The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2) | A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
The jumble of the night had disintegrated most of the formed bodies, and the whole thing had the appearance of a vast dbcle.The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade | Edward Lord Gleichen
The camp was pitched at two hundred and eighty-three miles amidst a jumble of ramps and sastrugi.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for jumble
to mingle (objects, papers, etc) in a state of disorder
(tr; usually passive) to remember in a confused form; muddle
a disordered mass, state, etc
British articles donated for a jumble sale
Also called: jumbal a small thin cake, usually ring-shaped
- jumbler, noun
- jumbly, adjective
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