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English noun: tumble

1. tumble (act) an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end

Broader (hypernym)acrobatic feat, acrobatic stunt

Narrower (hyponym)flip, somersault, somersaulting, somerset, summersault, summerset

2. tumble (act) a sudden drop from an upright position

SamplesHe had a nasty spill on the ice.

Synonymsfall, spill

Broader (hypernym)slip, trip

Narrower (hyponym)pratfall, wipeout

English verb: tumble

1. tumble (motion) fall down, as if collapsing

SamplesThe tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)come down, descend, fall, go down

Narrower (hyponym)keel over

2. tumble (motion) cause to topple or tumble by pushing

Synonymstip, topple

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)force, push

3. tumble (motion) roll over and over, back and forth

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)roll over

4. tumble (motion) fly around

SamplesThe clothes tumbled in the dryer.
Rising smoke whirled in the air.

Synonymswhirl, whirl around

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)move

5. tumble (motion) fall apart

SamplesThe building crumbled after the explosion.
Negotiations broke down.

Synonymsbreak down, collapse, crumble, crumple

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change integrity

6. tumble (contact) throw together in a confused mass

SamplesThey tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)jumble, scramble, throw together

7. tumble (cognition) understand, usually after some initial difficulty

SamplesShe didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on.

Synonymscatch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, latch on, twig

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)apprehend, compass, comprehend, dig, get the picture, grasp, grok, savvy

8. tumble (change) fall suddenly and sharply

SamplesPrices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency.

ExamplesThe stock market is going to tumble

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)drop

9. tumble (change) put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying

SamplesWash in warm water and tumble dry.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)toss

10. tumble (change) suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)decline, worsen

11. tumble (body) do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)exercise, work out

Narrower (hyponym)roll

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