Men may refuse the challenge of trying to right a ship on the verge of capsize, preferring to wait for an easier test.
Three much-needed oars had been lost with the capsize of the Dean.
When a boat is topheavy or its center of gravity is too high, the boat is liable to capsize.
The boat did not capsize when she filled, neither did she broach to, her head was always direct for the shore.
Suppose the great monster did come up and capsize them—they were ever so far from land.
No good boat will capsize unless the sails are confined by the sheets.
“capsize her and let her drift,” said the leader of the party.
As it was, I must attempt to remedy the deficiency by press of canvas at the risk of a capsize.
Jack helped me in and then I balanced his effort so as not to capsize again.
"Nothing short of an earthquake can capsize the island," Townsend said.
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.