tumble

tumble
I UK [ˈtʌmb(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive]
Word forms "tumble":
present tense I/you/we/they tumble he/she/it tumbles present participle tumbling past tense tumbled past participle tumbled
1) if a price or value tumbles, it suddenly becomes much lower

Unemployment tumbled to 5.6% in November.

2)
a) tumble or tumble down if a building or other structure tumbles, it falls to the ground

It seemed that the walls had tumbled from the inside.

b) if someone tumbles, they fall to the ground
3)
a) if water tumbles somewhere, a lot of it flows there
b) used about large amounts of other things that move

Great white clouds tumbled over the mountain peaks above us.

4) tumble or tumble down if an organization or system tumbles, it suddenly stops existing
5) to do gymnastic movements in which you roll your body over on the floor
Phrasal verbs:
II UK [ˈtʌmb(ə)l] / US noun
Word forms "tumble":
singular tumble plural tumbles
1) [countable] a sudden fall in something such as a price or a value
take a tumble:

The dollar took its biggest tumble in over two years.

2) [countable] an occasion when someone falls to the ground
3) [singular] a large amount of long hair that hangs down

her red hair flashing in a tumble of angry waves


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  • tumble — (v.) c.1300, to perform as an acrobat, also to fall down, perhaps from a frequentative form of O.E. tumbian dance about, of unknown origin. Related to M.L.G. tummelen to turn, dance, Du. tuimelen to tumble, O.H.G. tumon, Ger. taumeln to turn,… …   Etymology dictionary

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