An act of sexual intercourse.
* John Betjeman, Group Life: Letchworth
- I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.
* 1979 , Martine, Sexual Astrology (page 219)
- Wouldn't it be jolly now, / To take our Aertex panters off / And have a jolly tumble in / The jolly, jolly sun?
- When you've just had a tumble between the sheets and are feeling rumpled and lazy, she may want to get up so she can make the bed.
* rough and tumble
* take a tumble
* tumble dryer
* give a tumble
(lb) To fall end over end.
*(Robert South) (1634–1716)
*:He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.
*:“Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are'' pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling ''à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.”
To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.
To roll over and over.
*1908 , (Kenneth Grahame), (The Wind in the Willows)
*:The two animals tumbled over each other in their eagerness to get inside, and heard the door shut behind them with great joy and relief.
(lb) To have sexual intercourse.
(lb) To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.
To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.
* tumble to
To fall down suddenly; to cave in
To cease to function due to a sudden breakdown; to fail suddenly and completely
- A balloon collapses when the gas escapes from it.
To fold compactly
(cricket) For several batsmen to get out in quick succession
To cause something to collapse.
- Pyramid schemes tend to generate profits for a while and then collapse .
To pass out and fall to the floor or ground, as from exhaustion or other illness; to faint
- Hurry up and collapse the tent so we can get moving.
- The exhausted singer collapsed onstage and had to be taken to the hospital.
The act of collapsing
, date=April 21
, author=Jonathan Jurejko
, title=Newcastle 3-0 Stoke
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=The top six are assured of continental competition and after making a statement of intent against Stoke, it would take a dramatic collapse
for Newcastle to surrender their place.}}
Constant function, one-valued function (in automata theory) (in particular application causing a reset)