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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stumble \Stum"ble\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stumbled; p. pr. & vb. n. Stumbling.] [OE. stumblen, stomblen; freq. of a word akin to E. stammer. See Stammer.] 1. To trip in walking or in moving in any way with the legs; to strike the foot so as to fall, or to endanger a fall; to stagger because of a false step. [1913 Webster] There stumble steeds strong and down go all. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know at what they stumble. --Prov. iv. 19. [1913 Webster] 2. To walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner. [1913 Webster] He stumbled up the dark avenue. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 3. To fall into a crime or an error; to err. [1913 Webster] He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion og stumbling in him. --1 John ii. 10. [1913 Webster] 4. To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; -- with on, upon, or against. [1913 Webster] Ovid stumbled, by some inadvertency, upon Livia in a bath. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Forth as she waddled in the brake, A gray goose stumbled on a snake. --C. Smart. [1913 Webster]




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