somersault

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Etymology[edit]

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).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsʌmə(ɹ)ˌsɔːɫt/
  • IPA(key): /ˈsʌmə(ɹ)ˌsɑɫt/

Noun[edit]

somersault (plural somersaults)

  1. Starting on one's feet, an instance of rotating one's body 360 degree while airborne or on the ground, 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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