Unstable equilibrium

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See Stable equilibrium, under Stable.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Similarly, you may sometimes find on a mountain-side a large rock poised so delicately that a touch will set it crashing down into the valley, while the rocks all round are so firm that only a considerable force can dislodge them What is analogous in these two cases is the existence of a great store of energy in unstable equilibrium ready to burst into violent motion by the addition of a very slight disturbance.
We may say, speaking somewhat roughly, that a stimulus applied to the nervous system, like a spark to dynamite, is able to take advantage of the stored energy in unstable equilibrium, and thus to produce movements out of proportion to the proximate cause.
The relations among the men, strained and made tense by feuds, quarrels and grudges, were in a state of unstable equilibrium, and evil passions flared up in flame like prairie- grass.
All his weight was on one loot, and he was in a state of unstable equilibrium. At that moment the newcomer's fist landed a smashing blow full in his face.
He was still in the air and in most unstable equilibrium, when the teamster hurled a thirty-pound lump of coal.
South Sudan is an unstable equilibrium at the best of times.
This condition of rough balance and deterrence across the spectrum of conflict amounts to an unstable equilibrium.
The Ideas and Practices of the European Union's Structural Antidiplomacy: An Unstable Equilibrium
It did not buckle and relent and eventually, unstable equilibrium was restored in region when it mesmerized the world with its astounding art in critical mass and excellence in its delivery system.
"Our aim should be to maintain robust ecosystems (however different from those that exist now or existed in the past) and species, rather than defend an unstable equilibrium," argues Thomas.
In essence, the strong driver for Israel-Saudi Arabia rapprochement is the unstable equilibrium in the Middle East.
How many stable or unstable equilibrium points in Cournot model, which is handled by Lagrangian points on theory of space mechanics.