• WordNet 3.6
    • n upheaval disturbance usually in protest
    • n upheaval (geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building)
    • n upheaval a violent disturbance "the convulsions of the stock market"
    • n upheaval a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally) "the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Upheaval The act of upheaving, or the state of being upheaved; esp., an elevation of a portion of the earth's crust.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n upheaval 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Upheaval the raising of surface formations by the action of internal forces, believed to be due to the sinking in of the crust upon the cooling and contracting nucleus
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In literature:

But Tom remembered that he had left Paradise in the midst of convulsive upheavals, and was correspondingly fearful.
"The Quickening" by Francis Lynde
With all their clamor for political upheavals, the "Stuermer und Draenger" never arrived at any serious or practical plan of action.
"Types of Weltschmerz in German Poetry" by Wilhelm Alfred Braun
Or by water draining off a vast flat as it was upheaved out of the sea?
"Health and Education" by Charles Kingsley
The domestic upheaval will be unparalleled.
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates
It was honey-combed and upheaved.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It was the upheaval of an utterly uncultivated side of her nature.
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
Upheaval, change, transformation followed, and the tide of battle turned.
"Some Winter Days in Iowa" by Frederick John Lazell
There are many indications that when the Army returns there will be a great social upheaval.
"With Our Soldiers in France" by Sherwood Eddy
Three days they ride that country, and many a city leave, But the fourth dawn mighty mountains by the inner sea upheave.
"The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs" by William Morris
No upheaval followed and of course Browne never won his title.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck

In poetry:

When heaven thunders overhead,
And hell upheaves the Vast,
Dim faces of the ocean's dead
Gaze at him from each mast.
"Argonauts" by Madison Julius Cawein
Then silence fell, while the upheaving throng,
As sea-waves backward curled,
Left a great path, and down the path there shone
The Light of all the world.
"The Miracle" by Virna Sheard
Peace! she is well--Sleep folds her in his arms,
And each upheaving of his drowsy breast
Is like a billow upon pleasure's sea,
Wafting her on to far Hesperides.
"Mabel, A Sketch" by Walter Richard Cassels
And fencing her with sharp, keen words, she creeps
Throughout the beating heart and mighty limb
Of this upheaving earth; and, if she sleeps,
'Tis but to be like him
"The Poet" by Alexander Anderson
Upheave, black mould, and totter all
The ruin down!
Fall, monumental pillars, fall,
Upon her grave! Above her breast
May ivy creep,
And roses blow! I choose to rest.
""I Live Within The Stranger's Gate"" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
I know not how, and yet it seems
As in some prank of shifting dreams,
That it was I who died, not he:
And then again, I know not how,
I feel new powers upheave and glow,
And all his life that stirs in me.
"Perfect Union" by Mathilde Blind

In news:

The nation's richest ocean ecosystem is in the midst of a major upheaval, and scientists suspect global warming is at least partly to blame.
The United States is about to experience economic upheaval on a scale unseen for generations.
Has Kenny G found a way to maintain his mega-selling streak despite music industry upheavals.
The youngest son of a poor farmer, Bosco was born in1815, a time of great social upheaval in Europe.
Steered org during period of industry upheaval By Emma Bazilian.
18 days of upheaval at U-Va. Takes major step in online education.
In The Day the Earth Stood Still Klaatu's (Keanu Reeves) arrival on Earth via a giant sphere, triggers a global upheaval.
Klaatu's (Keanu Reeves) arrival on Earth in a giant sphere triggers a global upheaval in the remake of the 1951 SciFi film.
Some argue that the municipal bond market's recent upheaval is the fault of a single 60 Minutes segment.
Strategic Thinking is needed for service providers to get through the upheaval of the next couple of years.
18 days of upheaval at U-Va.
It took some truly remarkable entrepreneurs to launch companies during a decade of economic and political upheaval.
Some people back home in Atlanta want to know what this upheaval with the Hawks is all about.
As superintendent in Minneapolis, he brought the district through the social upheaval of the 1960s and '70s.
Oct 25, 2012 (Tell Me More) — Journalist Jacqueline Trescott started at The Washington Post in the 1970s, during a time of social and political upheaval.

In science:

The benefits would range from minor improvements in existing technology to revolutionary upheavals.
Route to Room-Temperature Superconductivity from a Practical Point of View
However, as most will have surmised from this Snowmass workshop, the standard Cosmological model has been in a dramatic state of upheaval in recent years.
Gamma-Ray Summary Report
However, the design never saw the light of day due to a management upheaval.
Explanation and discovery in aerodynamics
There was a large upheaval of processes and standards by the industry to improve the quality of software using structured design techniques.
Exploring Human Factors in Spreadsheet Development
His life, ably recounted in , took him from a small city in White Russia, through his advanced training under the masters of the “Italian school” of algebraic geometry, and to a distinguished career in the United States, the precursor of a tide of emigrant talent fleeing political upheaval in Europe.
Zariski decomposition: a new (old) chapter of linear algebra