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English definition of “somersault”

somersault

noun [C]     /ˈsʌm.ə.sɔːlt/ US  /-ɚ.sɑːlt/
a rolling movement or jump , either forwards or backwards , in which you turn over completely , with your body above your head , and finish with your head on top again: She was so happy she turned three somersaults on the lawn .Gymnastics somersault     verb [I] The bus plunged down the embankment , somersaulted twice and finally landed on its side .Movement through the airAviationTravelling by aircraftGymnastics
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