Definition of somersault verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

somersault

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈsʌməsɔːlt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmərsɔːlt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they somersault
BrE BrE//ˈsʌməsɔːlt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmərsɔːlt//
 
he / she / it somersaults
BrE BrE//ˈsʌməsɔːlts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmərsɔːlts//
 
past simple somersaulted
BrE BrE//ˈsʌməsɔːltɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmərsɔːltɪd//
 
past participle somersaulted
BrE BrE//ˈsʌməsɔːltɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmərsɔːltɪd//
 
-ing form somersaulting
BrE BrE//ˈsʌməsɔːltɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmərsɔːltɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to turn over completely in the air The car hit the kerb and somersaulted into the air. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (as a noun): from Old French sombresault, from Provençal sobresaut, from sobre ‘above’ + saut ‘leap’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: somersault

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