Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To push or knock over.
  • intransitive verb To bring about the downfall, destruction, or ending of. synonym: overthrow.
  • intransitive verb To defeat, as in a contest.
  • intransitive verb To totter and fall.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fall top or head foremost; fall forward as having too heavy a top; pitch or tumble down.
  • To overhang; jut, as if threatening to fall.
  • To throw headlong; tumble; overturn; upset.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To fall forward; to pitch or tumble down.
  • transitive verb To throw down; to overturn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to push, throw over, overturn or overthrow something
  • verb to totter and fall, or to lean as if about to do so

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cause to topple or tumble by pushing
  • verb fall down, as if collapsing

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Frequentative of top.]

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