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[tom-bey; French tawn-bey] /tɒmˈbeɪ; French tɔ̃ˈbeɪ/
noun, plural tombés
[tom-beyz; French tawn-bey] /tɒmˈbeɪz; French tɔ̃ˈbeɪ/ (Show IPA).
a step in which a dancer falls from one leg to the other, landing with all the weight on the foot that has just moved, while flexing the knee.
Origin of tombé
< French: fallen, past participle of tomber to fall Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is putt upside downe in the chapell where the earle of Middlesex tombe is.

  • He lies interred in St. Martin's church: quaere if his tombe is erected.

  • In their discussion respecting money Mr. Scruby injudiciously mentioned the name of Mr. tombe.

    Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope
  • Paid by the said Abbot and convent ‘for making of the tombe and place of sepulture,’ 433, 6s.

  • In Mathuata (Vanualevu) and some other places young unmarried men also wear a cluster of tombe.

    The Fijians Basil Thomson
  • Mr. tombe raised his eyebrows, and reflected that some men were very foolish.

    Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope
  • St. Damasus made certain eloquent verses in praise of these saints, and set them on their tombe.

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