AskDefine | Define gainer

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1 a person who gains weight [syn: weight gainer]
2 a person who gains (gains an advantage or gains profits); "she was clearly the gainer in that exchange"
3 a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward to complete a full backward somersault and enters the water feet first and facing away from the diving board [syn: full gainer]

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  • italbrac RP /ˈgeɪnə/
  • italbrac US /ˈgeɪnɚ/


  1. One who gains a profit or advantage.
  2. In the context of "sports|slang": A diving (or gymnastics) maneuver (from a high-dive diving board, or insanely high diving platform) involving a simultaneous inversion and rotation.

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From gaine.






Extensive Definition

A gainer is slang term for an acrobatic skill in which the acrobat performs a backwards somersault while still moving forward. In diving, this is known as reverse rotation (as opposed to front, back, or inward). Many stunt performers and martial artists are capable of performing a similar skill on the ground, sometimes in combination with a midair inverted kick.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

belly buster, belly flop, belly whopper, cannonball, crash dive, dive, drop, fall, header, jackknife, nose dive, parachute jump, pitch, plunge, pounce, power dive, running dive, sky dive, stationary dive, stoop, swan dive, swoop
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