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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Tum·ble v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tumbled p. pr. & vb. n. Tumbling ]
 1. To roll over, or to and fro; to throw one's self about; as, a person in pain tumbles and tosses.
 2. To roll down; to fall suddenly and violently; to be precipitated; as, to tumble from a scaffold.
    He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.   --South.
 3. To play tricks by various movements and contortions of the body; to perform the feats of an acrobat.
 To tumble home Naut., to incline inward, as the sides of a vessel, above the bends or extreme breadth; -- used esp. in the phrase tumbling home.  Cf. Wall-sided.