What does the word topple mean?

Usage examples for topple

  1. Up to this point any ordinary good sea- boat of sufficient size and power would have made as good weather of it as the lifeboat, but when at this depth of twenty feet the great rollers from the southward began to curl and topple and break into huge foam masses, and coming from different directions to race with such enormous speed and power that the pillars of foam thrown up by the collision were seen at the distance of five miles, then no boat but a lifeboat, it should be clearly understood, could live for five minutes, and even in a lifeboat only the 'sons of the Vikings' dare to face it. – Heroes of the Goodwin Sands by Thomas Stanley Treanor
  2. Now fell the forests far and wide, despoiled Of all their giant trunks: for as the mound On earth and brushwood stood, a timber frame Held firm the soil, lest pressed beneath its towers The mass might topple down. – Pharsalia; Dramatic Episodes of the Civil Wars by Lucan
  3. The icy tops seemed now ready to topple down on the deck. – The Golden Canyon Contents: The Golden Canyon; The Stone Chest by G. A. Henty