somersault

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From French sombresault (now obsolete) < Old Provençal sobresaut, from sobre- (over, above) + saut (jump).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsʌmə(ɹ)ˌsɔːlt/

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somersault (plural somersaults)

  1. (chiefly gymnastics) Starting on one's feet, an instance of rotating one's body 360degree while airborne, with one's feet going over one's head.

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somersault (third-person singular simple present somersaults, present participle somersaulting, simple past and past participle somersaulted)

  1. To perform a somersault.
    The performer somersaulted all the way across the stage.

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