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tumbler

Noun

1 a gymnast who performs rolls and somersaults and twists etc.
2 a glass with a flat bottom but no handle or stem; originally had a round bottom
3 a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown
4 pigeon that executes backward somersaults in flight or on the ground [syn: roller, tumbler pigeon]

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Noun

  1. One who tumbles; one who plays tricks by various motions of the body; an acrobat.
  2. A movable obstruction in a lock, consisting of a lever, latch, wheel, slide, or the like, which must be adjusted to a particular position by a key or other means before the bolt can be thrown in locking or unlocking.
  3. A piece attached to, or forming part of, the hammer of a gunlock, upon which the mainspring acts and in which are the notches for sear point to enter.
  4. A drinking glass, without a foot or stem; – so called because originally it had a pointed or convex base, and could not be set down with any liquor in it, thus compelling the drinker to finish his measure.
  5. A variety of the domestic pigeon remarkable for its habit of tumbling, or turning somersaults, during its flight.

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acrobat, aerialist, bareback rider, circus artist, clown, contortionist, equestrian director, equilibrist, flier, funambulist, gymnast, high wire artist, high-wire artist, juggler, lion tamer, palaestrian, pancratiast, ringmaster, ropewalker, slack-rope artist, snake charmer, sword swallower, tightrope walker, trapeze artist, weightlifter
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