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backstepping (uncountable)

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  1. (control theory) A technique for designing stabilizing controls for a special recursive class of nonlinear dynamical systems.
  2. (geology) A gradual backward movement of organisms or a sedimentary environment caused by changes in environmental factors.
    • 2009 April 16, Andrew C. Revkin, “Coral Fossils Suggest That Sea Level Can Rise Rapidly”, in New York Times[1]:
      Once the sea level stabilized again, the same group of corals grew once more, but farther inshore and up to 10 feet higher in elevation, a process known to geologists as backstepping.