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capsize

[kap-sahyz, kap-sahyz] /ˈkæp saɪz, kæpˈsaɪz/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), capsized, capsizing.
1.
to turn bottom up; overturn:
The boat capsized. They capsized the boat.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; origin uncertain
Related forms
capsizable, adjective
noncapsizable, adjective
uncapsizable, adjective
uncapsized, adjective
Synonyms
See upset.
Antonyms
right.
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Examples from the web for capsize
  • On the other hand several small waves in quick succession can overturn, or capsize, the boat.
  • The yacht started to capsize immediately as water poured into the damaged hull.
  • The impact caused ten fishermen to fall into the sea, and their boat to capsize.
  • If all the oil can slosh around in the bottom, it can make the tanker unstable and it will easily capsize in rough seas.
  • But our judgment is that the deficiency in the seal could not cause the ship to capsize and sink.
  • Tons of water pumped into the ship by fireboats caused it to list and then capsize.
  • If he was in a good mood, he would capsize and roll up for them.
  • If noise had gravity, the stadium would capsize in a second.
  • Kneel while going through rapids, you will be less likely to capsize.
  • Platform structure shall be designed to eliminate risk of capsize.
British Dictionary definitions for capsize

capsize

/kæpˈsaɪz/
verb
1.
to overturn accidentally; upset
Derived Forms
capsizal, noun
Word Origin
C18: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for capsize
v.

1780 (transitive); 1792 (intransitive), a nautical word of obscure origin, perhaps (as Skeat suggests) from Spanish capuzar "to sink by the head," from cabo "head," from Latin caput (see capitulum). For sense, cf. French chavirer "to capsize, upset," faire capot "capsize;" Provençal cap virar "to turn the head." Related: Capsized; capsizing.

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