capsize

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

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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.
    • Byron
      But what if carrying sail capsize the boat?
  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, 2001–2019.