[Grammar] Troubling with sentence structure

karlalou

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In hopes of slowing the tide of paper that was swamping her office in the fall of 1987, she had taken to closing her door, but it had done little good.
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Colborn looked around at the listing stacks of reports and studies and the bulging cardboard file boxes spread across the floor. So much had accumulated since she had begun her review of scientific papers concerning the health of wildlife and humans in the Great Lakes region that the ...
(Theo Colborn, et al, Our Stolen Future, p11)

I'm having trouble understanding what is happening at the bold part. I don't think the 'listing' is used as an adjective to modify 'stacks'... or is it?
 

jutfrank

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Yes, it is. It means 'leaning to one side'.
 

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It's a nautical term, used when a boat's deck is leaning sideways.
 
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