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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 or on the ground, 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