Origin of somersaultaltered from Middle French sombresault, soubresault from Classical Latin supra, over + saltus, a leap from past participle of saltare: see saltant
- The definition of a somersault is a flip where you turn your body one full revolution either forward or backward, or a 180 degree turn or change in opinion.
- When you do a flip, and rotate your body forward, this is an example of a somersault.
- When you first vote yes to a bill and then you vote no to the same bill, this is an example of a somersault.
- Somersault is to do an acrobatic flip where you turn your body a full revolution either forward or backward.
An example of a somersault is when a gymnast in the Olympics puts her head on the ground and spins her feet over her head in order to revolve her body forward.
- An acrobatic stunt in which the body rolls forward or backward in a complete revolution with the knees bent and the feet coming over the head. Also called somerset . Also called also called regionally tumbleset .
- A complete reversal, as of sympathies or opinions.
intransitive verbsom·er·sault·ed, som·er·sault·ing, som·er·saults, also sum·mer·sault·ed or sum·mer·sault·ing or sum·mer·saults
Origin of somersaultObsolete French sombresault variant of sobresault from Old Provençal sobresaut sobre- above ( from Latin suprā ; see uper in Indo-European roots.) saut leap ( from Latin saltus ) ( from past participle of salīre to leap ; see sel- in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present somersaults, present participle somersaulting, simple past and past participle somersaulted)
- To perform a somersault.
- The performer somersaulted all the way across the stage.
From obsolete French sombresault < Old ProvenÃ§al sobresaut < sobre- 'over, above' + saut 'jump'.
- The buttocks are lifted up slightly and the doctor pushes on the baby's head to encourage him to perform a sideways somersault.
- Jenn shifted her weight and rolled into a somersault, leaping up before he could pin her.