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1. 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.
3. A toy made with a weighted rounded base so that it can rock over and then right itself.
4. One of a breed of domestic pigeon that characteristically tumbles or somersaults in flight.
5. A piece in a gunlock that forces the hammer forward by action of the mainspring.
6. 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 transmission, as on a lathe.

[Sense 2a, from the fact that it would tumble if put down.]


1. (Cookery)
a. a flat-bottomed drinking glass with no handle or stem. Originally, a tumbler had a round or pointed base and so could not stand upright
b. Also called: tumblerful the contents or quantity such a glass holds
2. (Gymnastics) a person, esp a professional entertainer, who performs somersaults and other acrobatic feats
3. another name for tumble dryer
4. (Jewellery) Also called: tumbling box a pivoted box or drum rotated so that the contents (usually inferior gemstones) tumble about and become smooth and polished
5. the part of a lock that retains or releases the bolt and is moved by the action of a key
6. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a lever in a gunlock that receives the action of the mainspring when the trigger is pressed and thus forces the hammer forwards
7. (Mechanical Engineering)
a. a part that moves a gear in a train of gears into and out of engagement
b. a single cog or cam that transmits motion to the part with which it engages
8. a toy, often a doll, that is so weighted that it rocks when touched
9. (Breeds) (often capital) a breed of domestic pigeon kept for exhibition or flying. The performing varieties execute backward somersaults in flight


(ˈtʌm blər)

1. a person who performs leaps, somersaults, and other acrobatic feats.
2. a part of a lock that, when lifted or released by the action of a key or the like, allows the bolt to move.
3. a stemless drinking glass having a flat, often thick bottom.
4. (in a gunlock) a leverlike piece that by the action of a spring forces the hammer forward when released by the trigger.
5. a part moving a gear into place in a selective transmission.
7. one of a breed of pigeons that can roll over in flight.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tumbler - a gymnast who performs rolls and somersaults and twists etc.tumbler - a gymnast who performs rolls and somersaults and twists etc.
gymnast - an athlete who is skilled in gymnastics
turner - a tumbler who is a member of a turnverein
2.tumbler - a glass with a flat bottom but no handle or stemtumbler - a glass with a flat bottom but no handle or stem; originally had a round bottom
drinking glass, glass - a container for holding liquids while drinking
3.tumbler - a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be throwntumbler - a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown
lever tumbler, lever - a flat metal tumbler in a lever lock
lock - a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
impedimenta, obstruction, obstructor, obstructer, impediment - any structure that makes progress difficult
pin tumbler, pin - cylindrical tumblers consisting of two parts that are held in place by springs; when they are aligned with a key the bolt can be thrown
4.tumbler - pigeon that executes backward somersaults in flight or on the groundtumbler - pigeon that executes backward somersaults in flight or on the ground
domestic pigeon - domesticated pigeon raised for sport or food
بَهْلَوان، مُهَرِّجقَدَح كَبير، كأْسمِلء الكأس
büyük kadeh/su bardağıjimnastikçikadeh dolusu


A. N
1. (= glass) → vaso m
2. [of lock] → seguro m, fiador m
3. (= acrobat) → volteador(a) m/f, volatinero/a mf
4. (= pigeon) → pichón m volteador
B. CPD tumbler switch Ninterruptor m de resorte


[ˈtʌmblər] n
(= glass) → verre m (droit)
(= acrobat) → acrobate mf


(= glass)(Becher)glas nt, → Tumbler m
(in lock) → Zuhaltung f
(= acrobat)Bodenakrobat(in) m(f)
(= toy)Stehaufmännchen nt
(= tumble drier)Trockenautomat m, → Trockner m (inf)
(Orn) → Tümmler m


[ˈtʌmbləʳ] n (glass) → bicchiere m (senza stelo)


(ˈtambl) verb
1. to (cause to) fall, especially in a helpless or confused way. She tumbled down the stairs; The box suddenly tumbled off the top of the wardrobe.
2. to do tumbling.
a fall. She took a tumble on the stairs.
ˈtumbler noun
1. a large drinking glass. a tumbler of whisky.
2. a tumblerful.
3. an acrobat (who performs the acrobatic tricks on the ground).
ˈtumblerful noun
the amount contained by a tumbler. two tumblerfuls of water.
ˌtumble-ˈdrier noun
a machine for drying clothes by tumbling them around and blowing hot air into them.
ˈtumbling noun
acrobatics done on the ground.
References in classic literature ?
There, again, she has upset a tumbler of marbles, all of which roll different ways, and each individual marble, devil-directed, into the most difficult obscurity that it can find.
The great man poured out a big tumbler half full of raw spirits, and gulped it down without a word.
During the latter part of the afternoon we cooled our roasting interiors with ice-cold water from clear streams, the only really satisfying water we had tasted since we left home, for at the hotels on the continent they merely give you a tumbler of ice to soak your water in, and that only modifies its hotness, doesn't make it cold.
Linton mixed a tumbler of negus, and Isabella emptied a plateful of cakes into her lap, and Edgar stood gaping at a distance.
She had got the saucepan, and the spoon, and the tumbler, and the nutmeg-grater, and the wine -- but not the egg, the sugar, or the spices -when she heard him above, walking backward and forward noisily in his room; exciting hi mself on the old subject again, beyond all doubt.
Upon which he poured it out of a jug into a large tumbler, and held it up against the light, and made it look beautiful.
Now, I come to the cruel part of the story - merely breaking off, my dear Handel, to remark that a dinner-napkin will not go into a tumbler.
At the other end of the table was a partly unfolded tablecloth, a plate, a tumbler, a knife and fork, salt- cellar, mustard and a chair--in short, preparations for one person's supper.
So I think," said Sancho; "but now tell me, who was the first tumbler in the world?
Fettes was far through his third tumbler, stupidly fuddled, now nodding over, now staring mazily around him; but at the last word he seemed to awaken, and repeated the name
It was a flask of liquor, with a block-tin tumbler screwed upon the mouth.
His energy had over-reached itself, like the tumbler who breaks his neck in throwing seventeen hundred somersets backwards.