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
1520–30; < Middle French sombresaut, alteration of sobresault; compare Old Provençal sobre over (< Latin super), saut a leap (< Latin saltus)
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Examples from the Web for summersault
Turned a summersault down the zigzag, and be lying with a leg broken.Johnny Ludlow, Second Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
What a place is this elastic floor for a "wrestle or a summersault!"Mr. Sweet Potatoes and Other Stories
The bulldog nearly turned a summersault to show how glad, he was.Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days
Howard R. Garis
What if the work you're toiling at sends the present taste of the town into a summersault?Madame Flirt
Charles E. Pearce
I have actually seen them turn a summersault in the water with one of these home-made craft and come up smiling!The Land of Tomorrow
William B Stephenson, Jr.
- a variant spelling of somersault
- 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
C16: from Old French soubresault, probably from Old Provençal sobresaut, from sobre over (from Latin super) + saut a jump, leap (from Latin saltus)
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Word Origin and History for summersault
1850, from somersault (n.). Related: Somersaulted; somersaulting.
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