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  1. present participle of tumble


tumbling (plural tumblings)

  1. The act of something that tumbles.
    • (Can we date this quote by James Howell and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      These so many conquests must needs bring with them many tumblings and tossings, many disturbances and changes in government […]
    • 1838, Colburn's New Monthly Magazine and Humorist (page 176)
      Having feasted our souls with this sublime spectacle, we ministered to the wants of the body by a plentiful breakfast, and about noon we commenced the descent, rendered ludicrous enough by various tumblings and sprawlings on the part of the more inexpert mountaineers.