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Definition of the noun somersault

What does somersault mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: somersaults

  1. an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return

Alternative definition of the noun somersault


  1. In gymnastics, an act where the gymnast goes head over heels

Specialised definition of the noun somersault

Glossary of sports

jump where the body is turned at least once around the body's horizontal axis (e.g. in floor, parallel bars, high bar, rings, uneven bar, or balance beam gymnastics, in trampoline, springboard and tower diving, aerials in freestyle skiing). A somersault can be performed in a tucked, piked, stooped, or straight position, forward, backward or sideways, and from a standing position or after an approach. Depending on the number of turns one differentiates between a single, double, triple and quadruple somersault. In diving half somersaults are also possible. The artistic somersault (usually performed as a triple jump at great heights) is also known as salto mortale ("death jump"). A somersault can also be executed in combination with a twist around the body's longitudinal axis (twist somersault, twist). In swimming the turn can be performed in the form of a somersault (salto turn). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / diving

a movement on which the diver's body is rotated around the imaginary horizontal axis through the hips

Glossary of sports / freestyle skiing

a 360-degree rotation of the body around the hips, forward or backward, while in the air. Generally called a flip

Definition of the verb somersault

What does somersault mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: somersaulted | somersaulting | somersaults

  1. do a somersault


"Somersault" is a 2004 Australian independent film written and directed by Cate Shortland, featuring Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington. Released in September 2004, the film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. It also swept the field, winning every single feature film award—13 in total—at the 2004 Australian Film Institute Awards.


  1. "Somersault" is Swedish Indie Pop band Eggstone's second album, which was first released in Sweden in March 1994. A US release appeared later that year on BMG label Critique Records. The song "The Dog" was issued as a promotional single and became a hit on various college radio stations. The album was re-issued on vinyl in 1997 by Vibrafon Records.
  2. "Somersault" is Chicane's third official studio album, released on 23 July 2007. It is Chicane's first album self-released on producer and songwriter Nick Bracegirdle's independent record label, Modena Records.
  3. "Somersault" is a musical album of Decoder Ring, soundtrack.
    • also known as Somersault Soundtrack
    • released on (11 years ago)
  4. "Somersault" is a musical single of Zero 7.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  5. "Somersault" is a musical album of Jadis.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  6. "Somersault" is a composition.


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Google previewTrampolining (2009)

by Sue Freeman, British Gymnastics

The tucked front somersault is the safest one to try first, as the head is tucked under early to minimise risk of serious neck injury. However, the landing is 'blind' as the gymnast cannot see the bed during the landing stage. Maximum support is ...

Google previewInternational Record of Medicine and General Practice Clinics (1919)

by Edward Swift Dunster, James Bradbridge Hunter, Frank Pierce Foster, Charles Euchariste de Medicis Sajous, Gregory Stragnell, Henry J. Klaunberg, Félix Martí-Ibáñez

A somersault is a simple, harmless thing. It is entirely within the capacity of any one not bedridden and between six and sixty years of age. There are no contraindications to somersaults as a mechanical remedy. Turning six somersaults before ...

Google previewWrestling Moves and Smashes Pocket Encyclopedia

by Shawn Armstrong

Somersault Body Attack Used by: AKA: Description: Variations: together behind wrestler B's neck) or a 3⁄4 face lock (basically, wrestler B's head on wrestler A's shoulder with wrestler A forming a headlock around the top of the head) and has ...

Google previewThe South African Dictionary of Sport (2003)

by Joel Alswang

adolph a front somersault with three-and-a-half twists baby fliffis any fliffis movement including a rebound back backward somersault back ...

Google previewMacfadden's Encyclopedia of Physical Culture (1920)

A Work of Reference : Providing Complete Instructions for the Cure of All Diseases Through Physcultopathy : with General Information on Natural Methods of Health-building and a Description of the Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body by Bernarr Macfadden

Somersault backward, with assistance. With right leg extended horizontally in front, right arm is placed over and back of assistant's arm, so that there may be no interference. Assistant places right hand under heel or calf of the other's right leg, ...

Google previewFowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2016)

by Jeremy Butterfield

somersault. is now the standard spelling for the acrobatic movement, rather than summersault. something. The practice, originating in AmE and now spreading to BrE, of adding something to a multiple of ten to denote an age range (most often ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 2: Geography by Richard Pillsbury

tumblesault [= Somersault], tumbleset [= somersault], thunderwood [= poisonous bush], (Louisiana) pink (worm), stump (whiskey) [= moonshine], streak of lean [= salt ...

Google previewFolens Dictionary (1999)

by Fred McDonald

somersault noun somersaults If you do a somersault, you roll forwards or backwards so that your feet go over your ...

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Small photo of Pisa, Italy - October 28th, 2017: Young tourist does a somersault in front of Leaning Tower of Pisa while someone snaps her pictureSmall photo of Pisa, Italy - October 28th, 2017: Young tourist does a somersault in front of Leaning Tower of Pisa while someone snaps her pictureSmall photo of Young man doing a side flip or somersault while practicing parkour on the street with a tree in the background.Small photo of Young man doing a side flip or somersault while practicing parkour on the street with a tree in the background.Small photo of Young man doing a side flip or somersault while practicing parkour on the street.Small photo of Young man doing a side flip or somersault while practicing parkour on the street.Small photo of Base jumper makes a somersault with an open parachute from a high cliff above the river. Compilation of the phases of the athlete's movement during the jump. Base jumping. More...

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When you've seen a nude infant doing a backward somersault you know why clothing exists. (Stephen Fry)
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Scrabble value of S1O1M3E1R1S1A1U1L1T1

The value of this 10-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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