American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The process of being heaved upward.
- n. An instance of being so heaved.
- n. A sudden, violent disruption or upset: "the psychic upheaval caused by war” ( Wallace Fowlie).
- n. Geology A raising of a part of the earth's crust.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of upheaving, or the state of being upheaved; a heaving or lifting up; specifically, in geology, a disturbance of a part of the earth's crust, having as one of its results that certain areas occupy a higher position with reference to adjacent areas than they did before the disturbance took place. Upheaval is a part of the process by which mountain-chains have been formed; it is the opposite of subsidence. The subsidence of one region may cause the apparent upheaval of another adjacent to it.
- n. the process of being heaved upward, especially the raising of part of the earth's crust
- n. a sudden violent upset, disruption or convulsion
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of upheaving, or the state of being upheaved; esp., an elevation of a portion of the earth's crust.
- n. a violent disturbance
- n. disturbance usually in protest
- n. a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)
- n. (geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building)
- From upheave + -al. (Wiktionary)
“This appears to happen in what we call the upheaval stage of family grief.”
“This year's political upheaval is also reflected in the new tome, with Con-Dem, Con-Lib and Lib-Con all making the cut.”
“Religious thought was in upheaval and radical thinkers like Rabelais were emerging to challenge the religious status quo.”
“And that upheaval is typically accompanied by a prominent face.”
“Yet since world upheaval is pervasive, and there are three deaths the first in a car crash, the second in war, the third by suicide some may regard it as an anatomy of melancholy.”
“Whatever its final contours, the expected electoral upheaval is all but certain to reshape the remaining two years of Obama's term.”
“My way of surviving building upheaval is to try to mark out a few oases of calm in the chaos, a few places where I can sit relatively undisturbed to work.”
“However, if a compromise (such as Tunnelite) cannot be found soon, political upheaval is unavoidable.”
“How you managed through all that kitchen upheaval is a marvel, Lydia, really!”
“Granted, a major reason for the upheaval is simply the struggles of the ruling class.”
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