Tumbledung to Tunicata
(Tum"ble*dung`) n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of scaraboid beetles belonging
to Scarabæus, Copris, Phanæus, and allied genera. The female lays her eggs in a globular mass of dung
which she rolls by means of her hind legs to a burrow excavated in the earth in which she buries it.
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
3. (Firearms) 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. (Zoöl.) A variety of the domestic pigeon remarkable for its habit of tumbling, or turning somersaults,
during its flight.
6. (Zoöl.) A breed of dogs that tumble when pursuing game. They were formerly used in hunting rabbits.
7. A kind of cart; a tumbrel. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
(Tum"bler*ful) n.; pl. Tumblerfuls As much as a tumbler will hold; enough to fill a tumbler.
(Tum"ble*weed`) n. (Bot.) Any plant which habitually breaks away from its roots in the
autumn, and is driven by the wind, as a light, rolling mass, over the fields and prairies; as witch grass,
wild indigo, Amarantus albus, etc.
Tumbling barrel. Same as Rumble, n., 4. Tumbling bay, an overfall, or weir, in a canal.
(Tum"bling) a. & vb. n. from Tumble, v.
(Tum"brel Tum"bril) n. [OF. tomberel, F. tombereau, fr. tomber to fall, to tumble; of Teutonic
origin. Cf. Tumble.]
1. A cucking stool for the punishment of scolds.
2. A rough cart. Tusser. Tatler.
3. (Mil.) A cart or carriage with two wheels, which accompanies troops or artillery, to convey the tools
of pioneers, cartridges, and the like.
4. A kind of basket or cage of osiers, willows, or the like, to hold hay and other food for sheep. [Eng.]
(Tu`me*fac"tion) n. [Cf. F. tuméfaction.] The act or process of tumefying, swelling, or
rising into a tumor; a swelling. Arbuthnot.
(Tu"me*fy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tumefied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tumefying.] [F. tuméfier, fr. L. tumere
to swell + -ficare (in comp.) to make; cf. L. tumefacere to tumefy. See Tumid, and -fy.] To swell; to
cause to swell, or puff up.
To swell, tumefy, stiffen, not the diction only, but the tenor of the thought.De Quincey.
(Tu"me*fy), v. i. To rise in a tumor; to swell.