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[ tuhm-bling ]


  1. the act, practice, or art of performing acrobatic tumbles, usually on a mat or the ground.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tumbling1

First recorded in 1375–1425, tumbling is from the late Middle English word tomblyng. See tumble, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

This grid system tells us two interesting things about our tumbling space.

We wouldn’t normally indicate A’s location when creating our tumbling space, but here’s where it would appear if we were looking down.

Let’s call our starting point A and see where this point ends up after some tumbling.

Now we can imagine any path on the surface of the tetrahedron as a path in this tumbling space.

This is one of those moments, where that is the kind of grace that can stop this tumbling of this institution further toward what I think will be a real constitutional crisis.

Toward the end, Buell Robinson goes tumbling to the ground with a sprained ankle and remains on the floor for about five minutes.

Any argument I try to hold comes tumbling out in the form of a whiny temper tantrum.

When my hair gets long enough I kid myself I can mimic the glorious tumbling fringe of “the Rachel” sometimes.

There was no distance between his brain and what came tumbling out of him.

Afterwards, he tweeted his support of Cardin, which the candidate retweeted, then it all came tumbling down.

The boys were tumbling about, clinging to his legs, imploring that numerous things be brought back to them.

With the movement a strand of the corn-gold hair came tumbling down the side of her face.

Shoals of tunny-fish, (fish four and five feet long, and belonging to the dolphin tribe,) were seen tumbling about the ship.

Tiny silver fish darted to and fro beneath a tumbling waterfall and he felt calmed and reassured by the sight.

Slipping and tumbling down the steep slope on which the seracs develop, the ice becomes broken into bits, often of small size.


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