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also sum·mer·sault (sŭm′ər-sôlt′)
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).]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.somersaulting - an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and returnsomersaulting - 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
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