Meaning of tumble
Pronunciation: (tum'bul), [key]
— v., n. -bled, -bling,
- to fall helplessly down, end over end, as by losing one's footing, support, or equilibrium; plunge headlong: to tumble down the stairs.
- to roll end over end, as in falling: The stones tumbled down the hill.
- to fall or decline rapidly; drop: Prices on the stock market tumbled today.
- to perform gymnastic feats of skill and agility, as leaps or somersaults.
- to fall suddenly from a position of power or authority; suffer overthrow: As one dictator tumbles, another is rising to take his place.
- to fall in ruins, as from age or decay; collapse; topple: The walls of the old mansion tumbled down upon the intruders.
- to roll about by turning one way and another; pitch about; toss.
- to stumble or fall (usually fol. by over): to tumble over a sled.
- to go, come, get, etc., in a hasty and confused way: The people tumbled out of the theater. He tumbled hurriedly into his clothes.
- to understand or become aware of some fact or circumstance (often fol. by to): He finally tumbled to what they were doing.
- (of a missile) to rotate without control end over end.
- to cause to fall or roll end over end; throw over or down.
- to throw or toss about; cause disarray, as in handling or searching.
- to put in a disordered or rumpled condition.
- to throw, cast, put, send, etc., in a precipitate, hasty, or rough manner.
- to cause to fall from a position of authority or power; overthrow; topple: They tumbled him from his throne.
- to cause to fall or collapse in ruins: The wreckers tumbled the walls of the building.
- to subject to the action of a tumbling box.
- an act of tumbling or falling.
- a gymnastic or acrobatic feat.
- an accidental fall; spill.
- a drop in value, as of stocks.
- a fall from a position of power or authority: The great director took a tumble when he was replaced by a newcomer.
- a response indicating interest, affection, etc.: She wouldn't give me a tumble.
- tumbled condition; disorder or confusion.
- a confused heap: a tumble of papers, ashes, pens, and keys on the desk.
- a haycock.
- to come to understand.
- tumble (Thesaurus)