Nautical. an inward and upward slope of the middle body of a vessel.
Also tum·ble·home . a similar shape for the body of an automobile.
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How to use tumble home in a sentence
She has a ram bow, long counter, and fin-bulb keel, with narrow beam and sides that tumble home above the water-line.Yachting Vol. 1 | Various.
The midsection was formed with moderately short and rising floor, round and easy bilge, and some tumble-home in the topside.The Pioneer Steamship Savannah: A Study for a Scale Model | Howard I. Chapelle
To obviate this risk, the sides were curved in above the water-line in what was called "a tumble home."A Short History of the Royal Navy 1217 to 1688 | David Hannay
The Ellen Burgee was an old-fashioned ship, with long single topsails, a mackerel-head bow, and tumble-home sides.Harper's Round Table, June 18, 1895 | Various
That's what makes Sperril tumble home from the waist uppards.Soldiers Three, Part II. | Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for tumblehome
the inward curvature of the upper parts of the sides of a vessel at or near the stern
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