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
Related Words for somersaultplummet, skip, dive, drop, bound, bounce, surge, take, hop, fall, vault, top, gymnastics, tumbling, stunts, quiver, barge, rattle, pop, hurdle
Examples from the Web for somersault
Contemporary Examples of somersault
Anything more complicated than a somersault looks like a cutscene from a PlayStation game.Krrish 3 Review: What the Bollywood Movie Steals From Superhero Films
November 6, 2013
Historical Examples of somersault
A somersault and Sun Wu Kung was standing before the city moat.
With that he turned a somersault and disappeared without a trace.
And with that he turned one somersault after another, so that he flew along like a whirlwind.
But Viggo turned a somersault instead of “Right about” and ran to the house.
Whenever the clown wants to rest, he has to get in the somersault position.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
- 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
Word Origin for somersault
Word Origin and History for somersault
1850, from somersault (n.). Related: Somersaulted; somersaulting.