capsize

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Etymology[edit]

Attested since 1788 CE. Origin unknown. Possibly related to Spanish chapuzar (to sink by the head).

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  • IPA(key): /kæpˈsaɪz/
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capsize (third-person singular simple present capsizes, present participle capsizing, simple past and past participle capsized)

  1. (intransitive, nautical) To overturn.
  2. (transitive, nautical) To cause (a ship) to overturn.
  3. (intransitive, of knots) To deform under stress.
    • 1944, Clifford Warren Ashley, The Ashley Book of Knots[1], page 19:
      There are even cases where a totally different knot may result when carelessly pulled. Tie the Granny Knot around any object and pull one end, and it will capsize into Two Half Hitches.

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  • capsize” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.