tumbler [tum′blər]
1. an acrobat or gymnast who does somersaults, handsprings, etc.
2. a dog, such as a small greyhound, formerly trained to seize rabbits after attracting their attention by tumbling about acrobatically
3. a kind of pigeon that does somersaults in flight
a) an ordinary drinking glass without foot or stem: orig., such a glass with a rounded or pointed bottom, that would tumble over when set down
b) its contents
5. the part of a gunlock through which the mainspring acts upon the hammer
6. a lever, pin, etc., whose position within a lock must be changed, as by a key or dial, in order to release the bolt
7. a projecting piece, as on a revolving or rocking part, that strikes and moves another part
8. a part moving a gear into place in an automobile transmission
9. an easily tipped toy that rights itself because of the way it is weighted
a) a device for tumbling laundered clothes about in hot air until they are dry

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  • Tumbler — Tum bler, n. 1. One who tumbles; one who plays tricks by various motions of the body; an acrobat. [1913 Webster] 2. A movable obstruction in a lock, consisting of a lever, latch, wheel, slide, or the like, which must be adjusted to a particular… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tumbler — (n.) mid 14c., acrobat, agent noun from TUMBLE (Cf. tumble) (v.). A fem. form was tumbester (late 14c.). Meaning drinking glass is recorded from 1660s, originally a glass with a rounded or pointed bottom which would cause it to tumble, and thus… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tumbler — ► NOUN 1) a drinking glass with straight sides and no handle or stem. [ORIGIN: formerly having a rounded bottom so as not to stand upright.] 2) an acrobat. 3) a pivoted piece in a lock that holds the bolt until lifted by a key. 4) an electrical… …   English terms dictionary

  • tumbler — [[t]tʌ̱mblə(r)[/t]] tumblers 1) N COUNT A tumbler is a drinking glass with straight sides. He took a tumbler from a cupboard. N COUNT: usu N of n The contents of a tumbler can be referred to as a tumbler of something. Add a few drops to half a… …   English dictionary

  • tumbler — UK [ˈtʌmblə(r)] / US [ˈtʌmblər] noun [countable] Word forms tumbler : singular tumbler plural tumblers 1) a) a drinking glass without a handle or stem b) the amount of drink that a tumbler can contain 2) old fashioned someone who does a… …   English dictionary

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  • tumbler — noun Date: 14th century 1. one that tumbles: as a. one who performs tumbling feats ; acrobat b. any of various domestic pigeons that tumble or somersault backward in flight or on the ground 2. a drinking glass without foot or stem and originally… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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