Somersault definition

sŭmər-sôlt
To perform a somersault or a series of somersaults.
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An acrobatic stunt performed by turning the body one full revolution forward or backward, heels over head.
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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.

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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.

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To execute a somersault.
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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.
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A complete reversal, as of sympathies or opinions.
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In gymnastics, an act where the gymnast turns head over heels.
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To perform a somersault.

The performer somersaulted all the way across the stage.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
somersault
Plural:
somersaults

Origin of somersault

  • Obsolete French sombresault variant of sobresault from Old Provençal sobresaut sobre- above (from Latin suprā uper in Indo-European roots) saut leap (from Latin saltus) (from past participle of salīre to leap sel- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From obsolete French sombresault < Old Provençal sobresaut < sobre- 'over, above' + saut 'jump'.

    From Wiktionary