- an acrobat or gymnast who does somersaults, handsprings, etc.
- a dog, such as a small greyhound, formerly trained to seize rabbits after attracting their attention by tumbling about acrobatically
- a kind of pigeon that does somersaults in flight
- an ordinary drinking glass without foot or stem: orig., such a glass with a rounded or pointed bottom, that would tumble over when set down
- its contents
- the part of a gunlock through which the mainspring acts upon the hammer
- a lever, pin, etc., whose position within a lock must be changed, as by a key or dial, in order to release the bolt
- a projecting piece, as on a revolving or rocking part, that strikes and moves another part
- a part moving a gear into place in an automobile transmission
- an easily tipped toy that rights itself because of the way it is weighted
- a device for tumbling laundered clothes about in hot air until they are dry
- tumbling box
- One that tumbles, especially an acrobat or gymnast.
- a. A drinking glass, originally with a rounded bottom.b. A flat-bottomed glass having no handle, foot, or stem.c. The contents of such a drinking glass.
- A toy made with a weighted rounded base so that it can rock over and then right itself.
- One of a breed of domestic pigeon that characteristically tumbles or somersaults in flight.
- A piece in a gunlock that forces the hammer forward by action of the mainspring.
- The part in a lock that releases the bolt when moved by a key.
- a. The drum of a clothes dryer.b. A tumbling box.
- a. A projecting piece on a revolving or rocking part in a mechanism that transmits motion to the part it engages.b. The rocking frame that moves a gear into place in a selective transmission, as in an automobile.
Origin of tumblerSense 2a, from the fact that it would tumble if put down.
- One who tumbles; one who plays tricks by various motions of the body; an acrobat.
- A movable obstruction in a lock, consisting of a lever, latch, wheel, slide, or the like, which must be adjusted to a particular position by a key or other means before the bolt can be thrown in locking or unlocking.
- A piece attached to, or forming part of, the hammer of a gunlock, upon which the mainspring acts and in which are the notches for sear point to enter.
- A drinking glass that has no stem, foot, or handle — so called because such glasses originally had a pointed or convex base and could not be set down without spilling. This compelled the drinker to finish his measure.
- A variety of the domestic pigeon remarkable for its habit of tumbling, or turning somersaults, during its flight.
- A beverage cup, typically made of stainless steel, that is broad at the top and narrow at the bottom commonly used in India.