- (v. i.) To trip in walking or in moving in any way with the legs; to strike the foot so as to fall, or to endanger a fall; to stagger because of a false step.
- (v. i.) To walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner.
- (v. i.) To fall into a crime or an error; to err.
- (v. i.) To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; -- with on, upon, or against.
- (v. t.) To cause to stumble or trip.
- (v. t.) Fig.: To mislead; to confound; to perplex; to cause to err or to fall.
- (n.) A trip in walking or running.
- (n.) A blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude.
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- Suffer a sudden downfall, overthrow, or defeat
- Put clothes in a tumbling barrel, where they are whirled about in hot air, usually with the purpose of drying; "Wash in warm water and tumble dry"
- Fall suddenly and sharply; "Prices tumbled after the devaluation of the currency"
- Understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
- Throw together in a confused mass; "They tumbled the teams with no apparent pattern"
- Roll over and over, back and forth
- Fall down, as if collapsing;
- Fall apart; "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"
- Fly around; "The clothes tumbled in the dryer"; "rising smoke whirled in the air"
- Cause to topple or tumble by pushing
- A sudden drop from an upright position; "he had a nasty spill on the ice"
- An acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end