tumble

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tumble

an acrobatic feat, esp a somersault

tumble

[′təm·bəl]
(mechanics)

tumble

i. To rotate end over end. It is said of a rocket, an ejection capsule, etc.
ii. Of a gyro, to precess suddenly and to an extreme extent as a result of exceeding the operating limits of its bank or pitch. See toppled.
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I'm afraid you've not had much practice in riding,' she ventured to say, as she was helping him up from his fifth tumble.
They went on a little way in silence after this, the Knight with his eyes shut, muttering to himself, and Alice watching anxiously for the next tumble.
After the fourth or fifth tumble he reached the turn, and then she waved her handkerchief to him, and waited till he was out of sight.
That was a rough tumble, and I'm afraid you must be damaged somewhere," answered the Doctor, full of fond anxiety, as he surveyed his girl with pride.
When the waves began to tumble and toss and to grow bigger and bigger the ship rolled up and down, and tipped sidewise--first one way and then the other--and was jostled around so roughly that even the sailor-men had to hold fast to the ropes and railings to keep themselves from being swept away by the wind or pitched headlong into the sea.
So she wasn't easily frightened, whatever happened, and when the wind began to howl and whistle, and the waves began to tumble and toss, our little girl didn't mind the uproar the least bit.
The sturdy hind now attends the levee of his fellow-labourer the ox; the cunning artificer, the diligent mechanic, spring from their hard mattress; and now the bonny housemaid begins to repair the disordered drum-room, while the riotous authors of that disorder, in broken interrupted slumbers, tumble and toss, as if the hardness of down disquieted their repose.
Yet he was no sooner out than he was back again, being as cautious as he was brave; and meanwhile the seamen continued running and crying out as if he was still behind them; and we heard them tumble one upon another into the forecastle, and clap-to the hatch upon the top.
Tina Tumbles also comes with a fun picture glossary of basic gymnastics shapes designed by the illustrator—fun for kids who are not yet involved with the sport but want to be, and of course, for those already taking lessons.
They represented the West Midlands in the following categories: Cara McKeaney for National Grade 2 tumbles in the over-13 age group, Heather Croghan-Miksch for National Grade 3 tumbles in the under-13 age group, Lucas Kriesel and Tayla Underhill for Elite Grade 1 tumbles in the nine and 10-year-olds, and Thomas Baker in the Elite Grade 1 tumbles in the 11 and 12-year-old age group.
It was a very strong field, and Abigail had to complete her first two tumbles and hope to finish in the top eight to enable her to do her third and last tumble.
OTC Bulletin Board: KVIL), which operates upscale facilities catering to newborns through five year olds and their parents, has acquired the assets of JW TUMBLES, an international operator of children's gyms, via a wholly owned subsidiary.