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som·er·sault

also sum·mer·sault (sŭm′ər-sôlt′)
n.
1. 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 regionally tumbleset.
2. A complete reversal, as of sympathies or opinions.
intr.v. som·er·sault·ed, som·er·sault·ing, som·er·saults also sum·mer·sault·ed or sum·mer·sault·ing or sum·mer·saults
To execute a somersault.

[Obsolete 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).]

somersault

(ˈsʌməˌsɔːlt) or

summersault

n
1. (Gymnastics)
a. a forward roll in which the head is placed on the ground and the trunk and legs are turned over it
b. a similar roll in a backward direction
2. (Gymnastics) an acrobatic feat in which either of these rolls are performed in midair, as in diving or gymnastics
3. a complete reversal of opinion, policy, etc
vb
(Gymnastics) (intr) to perform a somersault
[C16: from Old French soubresault, probably from Old Provençal sobresaut, from sobre over (from Latin super) + saut a jump, leap (from Latin saltus)]

som•er•sault

(ˈsʌm ərˌsɔlt)

n.
1. an acrobatic movement, either forward or backward, in which the body rolls end over end, making a complete revolution.
2. such a movement performed in the air as part of a dive, tumbling routine, etc.
v.i.
3. to perform a somersault.
Sometimes, som′er•set` (-ˌsɛt)
[1520–30; < Middle French sombresaut, alter. of sobresault. literally, overleap]

somersault


Past participle: somersaulted
Gerund: somersaulting

Imperative
somersault
somersault
Present
I somersault
you somersault
he/she/it somersaults
we somersault
you somersault
they somersault
Preterite
I somersaulted
you somersaulted
he/she/it somersaulted
we somersaulted
you somersaulted
they somersaulted
Present Continuous
I am somersaulting
you are somersaulting
he/she/it is somersaulting
we are somersaulting
you are somersaulting
they are somersaulting
Present Perfect
I have somersaulted
you have somersaulted
he/she/it has somersaulted
we have somersaulted
you have somersaulted
they have somersaulted
Past Continuous
I was somersaulting
you were somersaulting
he/she/it was somersaulting
we were somersaulting
you were somersaulting
they were somersaulting
Past Perfect
I had somersaulted
you had somersaulted
he/she/it had somersaulted
we had somersaulted
you had somersaulted
they had somersaulted
Future
I will somersault
you will somersault
he/she/it will somersault
we will somersault
you will somersault
they will somersault
Future Perfect
I will have somersaulted
you will have somersaulted
he/she/it will have somersaulted
we will have somersaulted
you will have somersaulted
they will have somersaulted
Future Continuous
I will be somersaulting
you will be somersaulting
he/she/it will be somersaulting
we will be somersaulting
you will be somersaulting
they will be somersaulting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been somersaulting
you have been somersaulting
he/she/it has been somersaulting
we have been somersaulting
you have been somersaulting
they have been somersaulting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been somersaulting
you will have been somersaulting
he/she/it will have been somersaulting
we will have been somersaulting
you will have been somersaulting
they will have been somersaulting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been somersaulting
you had been somersaulting
he/she/it had been somersaulting
we had been somersaulting
you had been somersaulting
they had been somersaulting
Conditional
I would somersault
you would somersault
he/she/it would somersault
we would somersault
you would somersault
they would somersault
Past Conditional
I would have somersaulted
you would have somersaulted
he/she/it would have somersaulted
we would have somersaulted
you would have somersaulted
they would have somersaulted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.somersault - an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and returnsomersault - an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return
tumble - an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end
flip-flop - a backward somersault
Verb1.somersault - do a somersault
roll over - make a rolling motion or turn; "The dog rolled over"
Translations
يَنْقَلِب في الهَواء، يَتَشَقْلَب
přemetudělat přemet
kolbøttelave en kolbøttelave en saltomortalesaltomortale
bukfenc
kollhnís; heljarstökktaka heljarstökk; fara kollhnís
atlikti saltokūliavirstissaltoverstisvertimasis
kūlenismest kūleni
premeturobiť premet
kozolec
parendetaklatakla atmak

somersault

[ˈsʌməsɔːlt]
A. N (by person) → voltereta f, salto m mortal; (by car etc) → vuelco m, vuelta f de campana
to turn or do a somersaultdar una voltereta, dar un salto mortal
B. VI [person] → dar una voltereta, dar un salto mortal; [car etc] → dar una vuelta de campana

somersault

[ˈsʌmərsɔːlt]
n
(on ground)culbute f; (in air)saut m périlleux
(= sudden change in opinion, policy) → pirouette f, volte-face f
vi
[person] (on ground)faire la culbute; (in air)faire un saut périlleux
[car] → faire un tonneau

somersault

nPurzelbaum m; (Sport, fig) → Salto m; to do or turn a somersaulteinen Purzelbaum schlagen; (Sport) → einen Salto machen; (car) → sich überschlagen, einen Salto machen (inf); (stomach)einen Satz machen
vi (person)einen Purzelbaum schlagen; (Sport) → einen Salto machen; (car)sich überschlagen, einen Salto machen (inf); the car somersaulted into a lamppostdas Auto hat sich überschlagen und ist gegen einen Laternenpfahl geprallt

somersault

[ˈsʌməˌsɔːlt]
1. n (by person) → capriola; (in air) → salto mortale; (by car) → ribaltamento, cappottamento
2. vi (see n) (also turn a somersault) → fare una capriola, fare un salto mortale, cappottare, ribaltarsi

somersault

(ˈsaməsoːlt) noun
a leap or roll in which a person turns with his feet going over his head.
verb
to make such a leap or roll.
References in classic literature ?
He might just as well have turned a somersault and uttered an Indian war whoop, for his face was so full of suppressed excitement and his voice so treacherously joyful that everyone jumped up, though he only said, in a queer, breathless voice, "Here's another Christmas present for the March family.
At this she turned a complete somersault, and threw the Irishman off into the sea, where he fell into the bay that was right in front of the King's Palace.
He seemed morally to have turned a sort of somersault, and to find things looking differently in consequence.
It was a prostrate man face downward upon the ground, the head doubled under him at a horrible angle, the shoulders rounded and the body hunched together as if in the act of throwing a somersault.
We went with a back somersault down the front steps.
A spear's length from him, they each threw a somersault into the air, and came down upon their feet with smirking faces and their hands over their hearts.
He excited so much admiration, one day, among a crowd of white boys, by throwing back somersaults from the stern of a canoe, that it wearies Tom's spirit, and at last he shoved the canoe underneath Chambers while he was in the air--so he came down on his head in the canoe bottom; and while he lay unconscious, several of Tom's ancient adversaries saw that their long-desired opportunity was come, and they gave the false heir such a drubbing that with Chamber's best help he was hardly able to drag himself home afterward.
Wait, Sancho, and I will do them in the saying of a credo," and pulling off his breeches in all haste he stripped himself to his skin and his shirt, and then, without more ado, he cut a couple of gambados in the air, and a couple of somersaults, heels over head, making such a display that, not to see it a second time, Sancho wheeled Rocinante round, and felt easy, and satisfied in his mind that he could swear he had left his master mad; and so we will leave him to follow his road until his return, which was a quick one.
A dozen of these sectaries of Tingou lay flat upon their backs, while others, dressed to represent lightning-rods, came and frolicked on their noses, jumping from one to another, and performing the most skilful leapings and somersaults.
Shakespeare has not told us, so far as I know, that Macbeth had any such eccentric habit as turning head-over-heels in private life: but Bruno evidently considered it quite an essential part of the character, and left the stage in a series of somersaults.
Every time he pulled out the frame of a new glass, a new black figure of Father Brown appeared; the absurd glass chamber was full of Father Browns, upside down in the air like angels, turning somersaults like acrobats, turning their backs to everybody like very rude persons.
Beside them walked officers, looking foolish and fierce, and before them went little boys, turning somersaults in time with the band.