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overturning

[¦ō·vər¦tərn·iŋ]
(civil engineering)
Failure of a retaining wall caused by the soil pressure overcoming the stability of the structure.

overturning

Failure of a retaining wall as a result of pressure of the earth, which overcomes the stability of the wall; the resistance to overturning is directly proportional to the weight of the wall and the width of the base.
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Our focus should be on overturning Roe and getting the federal government completely out of the business of regulating state matters." By abetting judicial activism, the Republican segment of the pro-life movement may sow the wind only to reap the whirlwind.
According to Livingstone, the most common trigger of overturning in other lakes is wind stress: Winds first pile water on one side of the lake, then stop blowing, releasing the water like "a bowl of soup on a cafeteria tray" and creating an internal wave that can precipitate an overturn.
CCTV footage has been released of a container lorry overturning on a busy road while rushing to pass traffic lights in a Chinese city.
And although the court's liberals have joined conservatives in some of their most controversial rulings, like overturning the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, even Clint Bolick's Institute for Justice has admitted that the court's conservatives are more inclined to strike down both federal and state laws than Clinton's two appointees, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.
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If there had not been periodic overturning of the cobbles, killing the animals that were living on the top, all the cobbles would have been completely covered with Amplexopora fossils.
As evidence continues to mount that this law discriminates unfairly and fails Florida's children, I urge you to publicly voice your support for overturning or repealing it."
The City Council debated the issue, but voted 21-14 in favor of overturning the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation of the Dvorak House, 327 East 17th Street, marking the first time that the council used its new powers granted under the new City Charter.
Opponents to gay marriage said overturning the California ban would change the nature of state government by ending the people's right to make law.
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