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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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