topple


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topple

[′täp·əl]
(mechanics)
In gyroscopes for marine or aeronautical use, the condition of a sudden upset gyroscope or a gyroscope platform evidenced by a sudden and rapid precession of the spin axis due to large torque disturbances such as the spin axis striking the mechanical stops. Also known as tumble.
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They topple over half the time and if we come up or down the stairs in the dark we fall over them.
They went their ways with great haste and definiteness, withal there was a curious indecision in their movements, as though they expected the buildings to topple over on them or the sidewalks to sink under their feet or fly up in the air.
They stacked up the cakes thus in the open air in a pile thirty-five feet high on one side and six or seven rods square, putting hay between the outside layers to exclude the air; for when the wind, though never so cold, finds a passage through, it will wear large cavities, leaving slight supports or studs only here and there, and finally topple it down.
The great wall of vegetation, an exuberant and entangled mass of trunks, branches, leaves, boughs, festoons, motionless in the moonlight, was like a rioting invasion of soundless life, a rolling wave of plants, piled up, crested, ready to topple over the creek, to sweep every little man of us out of his little existence.
The hand that built can topple it down much faster.
Over them topple the leaders of the rush, shooting over the back of the prepostor, but falling flat on Tom, and knocking all the wind out of his small carcass.
There would be a fleeting glimpse of the three men flinging water in frantic haste, when she would topple over and fall into the yawning valley, bow down and showing her full inside length to the stern upreared almost directly above the bow.
Chimneys topple in the streets, and people hold to posts and corners, and to one another, to keep themselves upon their feet.
It seemed to him that the walls were coming apart, that the furniture swayed at him; the ceiling slanted queerly for a moment, a tall wardrobe tried to topple over.
He saw the head of the wave topple over, adding the mite of its crash to the tremendous uproar raging around him, and almost at the same instant the stanchion was wrenched away from his embracing arms.
There was not a man who didn't think that at any moment the masts would topple over.
All 35 defendants on trial for espionage were convicted of spying from 2005 through August 2013 "with the aim of perpetrating terror attacks in the country in order to spread chaos and topple the state.