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.
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.
The performer somersaulted all the way across the stage.
Origin of somersault
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From obsolete French sombresault < Old ProvenÃ§al sobresaut < sobre- 'over, above' + saut 'jump'.