Definition of capsize in English:


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Pronunciation: /kapˈsʌɪz


[no object]


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  • An instance of capsizing: do you know what to do in the event of a capsize?
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    • The trainees got to sail the boats with time spent as crew, helm, flying the spinnaker, and some ‘lucky’ few even got to see a capsize up close.
    • After the fifth capsize, I climbed out on deck, fully intended to set off my distress beacon to ask for help.
    • And the skill of sailing is matched in these young modern matelots by the skill of recovery from the capsize.


late 18th century: perhaps based on Spanish capuzar 'sink (a ship) by the head', from cabo 'head' + chapuzar 'to dive or duck'.

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