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top·ple

 (tŏp′əl)
v. top·pled, top·pling, top·ples
v.tr.
1. To push or knock over: bumped into the table and toppled the lamp.
2. To bring about the downfall, destruction, or ending of. See Synonyms at overthrow.
3. To defeat, as in a contest: toppled the league leader.
v.intr.
To totter and fall: buildings that toppled in the earthquake.

[Frequentative of top.]

topple

(ˈtɒpəl)
vb
1. to tip over or cause to tip over, esp from a height
2. (intr) to lean precariously or totter
3. (tr) to overthrow; oust
[C16: frequentative of top1 (verb)]

top•ple

(ˈtɒp əl)

v. -pled, -pling. v.i.
1. to fall forward, as from top-heaviness or weakness; pitch.
2. to lean over or totter, as if threatening to fall.
v.t.
3. to cause to topple.
4. to overthrow, as from a position of authority: to topple a king.
[1535–45; appar. top1 (v.) + -le]

topple


Past participle: toppled
Gerund: toppling

Imperative
topple
topple
Present
I topple
you topple
he/she/it topples
we topple
you topple
they topple
Preterite
I toppled
you toppled
he/she/it toppled
we toppled
you toppled
they toppled
Present Continuous
I am toppling
you are toppling
he/she/it is toppling
we are toppling
you are toppling
they are toppling
Present Perfect
I have toppled
you have toppled
he/she/it has toppled
we have toppled
you have toppled
they have toppled
Past Continuous
I was toppling
you were toppling
he/she/it was toppling
we were toppling
you were toppling
they were toppling
Past Perfect
I had toppled
you had toppled
he/she/it had toppled
we had toppled
you had toppled
they had toppled
Future
I will topple
you will topple
he/she/it will topple
we will topple
you will topple
they will topple
Future Perfect
I will have toppled
you will have toppled
he/she/it will have toppled
we will have toppled
you will have toppled
they will have toppled
Future Continuous
I will be toppling
you will be toppling
he/she/it will be toppling
we will be toppling
you will be toppling
they will be toppling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been toppling
you have been toppling
he/she/it has been toppling
we have been toppling
you have been toppling
they have been toppling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been toppling
you will have been toppling
he/she/it will have been toppling
we will have been toppling
you will have been toppling
they will have been toppling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been toppling
you had been toppling
he/she/it had been toppling
we had been toppling
you had been toppling
they had been toppling
Conditional
I would topple
you would topple
he/she/it would topple
we would topple
you would topple
they would topple
Past Conditional
I would have toppled
you would have toppled
he/she/it would have toppled
we would have toppled
you would have toppled
they would have toppled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.topple - fall down, as if collapsingtopple - fall down, as if collapsing; "The tower of the World Trade Center tumbled after the plane hit it"
come down, descend, go down, fall - move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way; "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again"
keel over - turn over and fall; "the man had a heart attack and keeled over"
2.topple - cause to topple or tumble by pushingtopple - cause to topple or tumble by pushing
push, force - move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"

topple

verb
1. fall over, fall, collapse, tumble, overturn, capsize, totter, tip over, keel over, overbalance, fall headlong He released his hold and toppled slowly backwards.
2. knock over, upset, knock down, tip over Wind and rain toppled trees and electricity lines.
3. overthrow, overturn, bring down, oust, unseat, bring low the revolution which toppled the regime

topple

verb
1. To turn or cause to turn from a vertical or horizontal position:
2. To come to the ground suddenly and involuntarily:
Idiom: take a fall.
3. To bring about the downfall of:
4. To undergo capture, defeat, or ruin:
Translations
يَنْقَلِب، يَسْقُط
svalit
vælte
ledõl
velta; detta um koll
nuvirsti
apgāztiesnogāztnogāzties
zvaliť sa

topple

[ˈtɒpl]
A. VT
1. (also topple over) (= knock over) → volcar; (= cause to fall) → hacer caer
2. (= overthrow) → derribar, derrocar
B. VI
1. (also topple down) → caerse, venirse abajo (also topple over) → volcarse; (= lose balance) → perder el equilibrio
he toppled over a cliffcayó por un precipicio
after the crash the bus toppled overdespués del choque el autobús se volcó
2. (fig) [government etc] → venirse abajo, caer

topple

[ˈtɒpəl]
vt
(= knock over) → abattre
(= cause to fail) [+ government, regime] → renverser
vi (also topple over) → tombertop-ranked [ˌtɒpˈræŋkt] adj [player, team] → du haut du classementtop-ranking [ˌtɒpˈræŋkɪŋ] adj [official] → le plus haut placé(la)(e); [officer] → haut gradé(e)top-rated [ˌtɒpˈreɪtɪd] adj
(= best) [hotel, restaurant, chef] → de premier ordre
(= most watched) [TV show] → à forte audiencetop secret top-secret adj [mission, information] → top secret/ète
top-secret documents → des documents top secretstop-security [ˌtɒpsɪˈkjʊərəti] adj [prison] → de haute sécuritétop-security wing nquartier m de haute sécuritétop-shelf [ˌtɒpˈʃɛlf] adj (British) [magazine, material] → érotique

topple

viwackeln; (= fall)fallen; (fig, from power) → gestürzt werden
vtumwerfen; (from a height) → hinunterkippen or -werfen; (fig) government etcstürzen; to topple somebody from powerjdn stürzen or entmachten

topple

[ˈtɒpl]
1. vt (fig) (overthrow) → far cadere, rovesciare
2. vicadere, rovesciarsi
topple over
1. vi + advcadere
2. vi + prepcadere da
he toppled over a cliff → è caduto da una scogliera

topple

(ˈtopl) verb
to (make something) fall. He toppled the pile of books; The child toppled over.
References in classic literature ?
We must, then, make a push, and if the Indians or Frenchers are in the narrows, run the gauntlet through these toppling mountains.
Huck felt that a silence was going to ensue -- a thing still more awful than any amount of murderous talk; so he held his breath and stepped gingerly back; planted his foot carefully and firmly, after balancing, one-legged, in a precarious way and almost toppling over, first on one side and then on the other.
It was not a trifling business to get the great umbrella up, and properly balanced in her grasp; but at last I successfully accomplished this, and saw it go bobbing down the street through the rain, without the least appearance of having anybody underneath it, except when a heavier fall than usual from some over-charged water-spout sent it toppling over, on one side, and discovered Miss Mowcher struggling violently to get it right.
I really believe Joe would have prolonged this word (mightily expressive to my mind of some architecture that I know) into a perfect Chorus, but for his attention being providentially attracted by his hat, which was toppling.
The coracle, left to herself, turning from side to side, threaded, so to speak, her way through these lower parts and avoided the steep slopes and higher, toppling summits of the wave.
Don Quixote laughed at Sancho's affected phraseology, and perceived that what he said about his improvement was true, for now and then he spoke in a way that surprised him; though always, or mostly, when Sancho tried to talk fine and attempted polite language, he wound up by toppling over from the summit of his simplicity into the abyss of his ignorance; and where he showed his culture and his memory to the greatest advantage was in dragging in proverbs, no matter whether they had any bearing or not upon the subject in hand, as may have been seen already and will be noticed in the course of this history.
now, even as he uttered the words, toppling on his chair, he broke the stem of his tobacco-pipe in three
The line fell slowly forward like a toppling wall, and, with a convulsive gasp that was intended for a cheer, the regiment began its journey.
The son of Telamon now struck him under the ear with a spear which he then drew back again, and Imbrius fell headlong as an ash-tree when it is felled on the crest of some high mountain beacon, and its delicate green foliage comes toppling down to the ground.
Newman had sat with Western humorists in knots, round cast-iron stoves, and seen "tall" stories grow taller without toppling over, and his own imagination had learned the trick of piling up consistent wonders.
Bottomless vales and boundless floods, And chasms, and caves, and Titian woods, With forms that no man can discover For the dews that drip all over; Mountains toppling evermore Into seas without a shore; Seas that restlessly aspire, Surging, unto skies of fire; Lakes that endlessly outspread Their lone waters - lone and dead, - Their still waters - still and chilly With the snows of the lolling lily.
The next couple, unable to check its progress, came toppling over the obstacle.