O·ver·turn v. t. [imp. & p. p. Overturned p. pr. & vb. n. Overturning.]
1. To turn or throw from a basis, foundation, or position; to overset; as, to overturn a carriage or a building.
2. To subvert; to destroy; to overthrow.
3. To overpower; to conquer.
Syn: -- To demolish; overthrow. See Demolish.
O·ver·turn, n. The act off overturning, or the state of being overturned or subverted; overthrow; as, an overturn of parties.
n 1: the act of upsetting something; "he was badly bruised by the
upset of his sled at a high speed" [syn: upset, turnover]
2: an improbable and unexpected victory; "the biggest upset
since David beat Goliath" [syn: upset]
v 1: turn from an upright or normal position; "The big vase
overturned"; "The canoe tumped over" [syn: turn over,
tip over, tump over]
2: cause to overturn from an upright or normal position; "The
cat knocked over the flower vase"; "the clumsy customer
turned over the vase"; "he tumped over his beer" [syn: tip
over, turn over, upset, knock over, bowl over, tump
3: rule against; "The Republicans were overruled when the House
voted on the bill" [syn: overrule, override, overthrow,
4: cause the downfall of; of rulers; "The Czar was overthrown";
"subvert the ruling class" [syn: overthrow, subvert, bring
5: annul by recalling or rescinding; "He revoked the ban on
smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"
[syn: revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse,
repeal, rescind, vacate]
6: change radically; "E-mail revolutionized communication in
academe" [syn: revolutionize, revolutionise]