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somersault

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[ suhm-er-sawlt ]
/ 藞s蕦m 蓹r藢s蓴lt /
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noun
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.
verb (used without object)
to perform a somersault.
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Origin of somersault

1520鈥30; <Middle French sombresaut, alteration of sobresault; compare Old Proven莽al sobre over (<Latin super), saut a leap (<Latin saltus)
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British Dictionary definitions for somersault

somersault

summersault

/ (藞s蕦m蓹藢s蓴藧lt) /

noun
  1. a forward roll in which the head is placed on the ground and the trunk and legs are turned over it
  2. 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
verb
(intr) to perform a somersault

Word Origin for somersault

C16: from Old French soubresault, probably from Old Proven莽al sobresaut, from sobre over (from Latin super) + saut a jump, leap (from Latin saltus)
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