tumble (n.)

  1. an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end

  2. a sudden drop from an upright position; he had a nasty spill on the ice

    [ Syn: spill , fall ]

    tumble (v.)

  1. fall down, as if collapsing; The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it

    [ Syn: topple ]

  2. suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat

  3. do gymnastics, roll and turn skillfully

  4. cause to topple or tumble by pushing

    [ Syn: topple , tip ]

  5. roll over and over, back and forth

  6. fly around; The clothes tumbled in the dryer; rising smoke whirled in the air

    [ Syn: whirl , whirl around ]

  7. fall apart; the building crumbled after the explosion; Negotiations broke down

    [ Syn: crumble , crumple , break down , collapse ]

  8. throw together in a confused mass; They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern'

  9. understand, usually after some initial difficulty; She didnt know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on

    [ Syn: catch on , get wise , get onto , latch on , cotton on , twig , get it ]

  10. fall suddenly and sharply; Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency'

  11. put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying; Wash in warm water and tumble dry'

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