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, summersault
a. a forward roll in which the head is placed on the ground and the trunk and legs are turned over it
b. a similar roll in a backward direction
2. an acrobatic feat in which either of these rolls are performed in midair, as in diving or gymnastics



a circus stunt and one of the most common elements of floor acrobatics and gymnastics. A somersault is a jump in which the heels are turned over the head as the body rotates in the air; it is executed without support. There are forward, backward, and side somersaults. Somersaults may also be classified as single or double.

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He said, 'You are lifting on my birthday so I expect a backflip from you as a way of saying happy birthday'.
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Large crowds cheered on the motorcyclists and the dramatic backflip was streamed live to more than 500 cinemas across Europe.
The Phoenix has housed a number of popular venues over the years (Doell designed a previous incarnation, Backflip, in the '90s), so an immersive transformation was crucial to revitalizing the space.
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Prior to the docking, Atlantis did a backflip to enable station crew members to take and send photos to mission control for experts on the ground to look for any damage to the shuttle, NASA said.
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