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From French sombresault (now obsolete, compare Modern French sursaut, soubresaut), from Old Occitan sobresalt, from sobre- (“over, above”) + salt (“jump”). Cognate with Spanish sobresaltar (“to spook, startle”).
somersault (plural somersaults)
- Starting on one's feet, an instance of rotating one's body 360 degree while airborne, with one's feet going over one's head.
the act of going head over heels
- To perform a somersault.
- The performer somersaulted all the way across the stage.
to perform somersault