or som·er·set sum·mer·sault, sum·mer·set
verb (used without object)
- somers point,
- somerset house,
- somerset island,
Origin of somersault
Examples from the Web for 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|Sujay Kumar|November 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He seemed morally to have turned a sort of somersault, and to find things looking differently in consequence.The American|Henry James
When in this position, the swimmers begin to turn backward, using the arms the same is in the backward (single) somersault.Swimming Scientifically Taught|Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
Luckily the beast did not damage the barber, but the demonstration frightened him so that he turned a somersault in a ditch.The Story of Don Quixote|Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
- 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
Word Origin for somersault
1520s, from Middle French sombresault, from Old Provençal sobresaut, from sobre "over" (from Latin supra "over;" see supra-) + saut "a jump," from Latin saltus, from the root of salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Sometimes further corrupted to somerset, etc.
1850, from somersault (n.). Related: Somersaulted; somersaulting.