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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.]
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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
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(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.
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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
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈtʌmblər] n
(= glass) → verre m (droit)
(= acrobat) → acrobate mf
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(= 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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈtʌmbləʳ] n (glass) → bicchiere m (senza stelo)
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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.
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References in classic literature ?
But the moment Samuel Bacon, a negro tumbler, got into the saddle, the spike sank home.
Twice again he refilled the tumbler, each time to the brim, and watched it disappear down my throat.
When everything was ready, the stranger opened his eyes, moved to the table, filled a tumbler with tea for himself and one for the beardless old man to whom he passed it.
There was an extra bed in it tonight, very near my own, but differently shaped, and scarcely less conspicuous was the new mantel-shelf ornament: a tumbler of milk, with a biscuit on top of it, and a chocolate riding on the biscuit.
He emptied one tumbler after another and grew warmer and warmer and more and more comfortable.
Cathcart poured champagne into a tumbler. Trent emptied it at a gulp and asked for biscuits.
Tom was fond of hot punch--I may venture to say he was VERY fond of hot punch--and after he had seen the vixenish mare well fed and well littered down, and had eaten every bit of the nice little hot dinner which the widow tossed up for him with her own hands, he just ordered a tumbler of it by way of experiment.
She mixed another tumbler full of maraschino punch, and drank one good half of it before she spoke again.
Compare the English carrier and the short-faced tumbler, and see the wonderful difference in their beaks, entailing corresponding differences in their skulls.
Legree was just mixing himself a tumbler of punch, pouring his hot water from a cracked and broken-nosed pitcher, grumbling, as he did so,
Richard Swiveller, who had been looking over the rim of the tumbler while his companion addressed the foregoing remarks to him with great energy and earnestness of manner, no sooner heard these words than he evinced the utmost consternation, and with difficulty ejaculated the monosyllable:
Every one chattered, argued, discussed, disputed, applauded, from the gentleman lounging upon the barroom settee with his tumbler of sherry-cobbler before him down to the waterman who got drunk upon his "knock-me-down" in the dingy taverns of Fell Point.