- a part moving a gear into place in a selective transmission.
- a single cog or cam on a rotating shaft, transmitting motion to a part with which it engages.
Examples from the Web for tumbler
He drained the wine from the tumbler and turned away from the window, and there was no self-pity in his gravelly voice.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life|Paul Hemphill|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Within the first day, it was re-blogged 30,000 times on Tumbler.
Audiences were shocked and horrified by the scene, as the two performers fell on top of tumbler George North.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus|Marina Watts|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“There is a serious undercurrent here,” said Gardner, between sips from her tumbler.
Tessie sat blowing rings of smoke up to the ceiling and tinkling the ice in her tumbler.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The dodge, as the Tumbler said, was to make them swallow the affair under the guise of patriotism.His Excellency the Minister|Jules Claretie
He holds a tumbler in his right hand, and swears, in his Yorkshire dialect, that he is 'King and a hauf!'The Bront Family, Vol. 2 of 2|Francis A. Leyland
This accomplished, place the coin flat on the rim of a tumbler, pushing it outward until the two circumferences touch externally.Magic|Ellis Stanyon
To enter the room without seeing the tumbler at once was impossible.The Little White Bird|J. M. Barrie
She took a bottle of wine from behind her seat, emptied the water on to the earth, half filled a tumbler, and held it out.The Lost Heir|G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for tumbler
- a flat-bottomed drinking glass with no handle or stem. Originally, a tumbler had a round or pointed base and so could not stand upright
- Also called: tumblerful the contents or quantity such a glass holds
- a part that moves a gear in a train of gears into and out of engagement
- a single cog or cam that transmits motion to the part with which it engages
Word Origin and History for tumbler
mid-14c., "acrobat," agent noun from tumble (v.). A fem. form was tumbester (late 14c.). Meaning "drinking glass" is recorded from 1660s, originally a glass with a rounded or pointed bottom which would cause it to "tumble," and thus it could not be set down until it was empty.