from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To overturn or cause to overturn: The boat capsized; I capsized the canoe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To overturn.
  • v. To cause (a ship) to overturn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To upset or overturn, as a vessel or other body.
  • n. An upset or overturn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn over or upset: as, take care that the boat does not capsize.
  • To upset; overturn (a boat or vessel).
  • To move (a hogshead or other vessel) forward by turning it alternately on the heads.
  • n. An upset; an overturn.
  • See the extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. overturn accidentally


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Attested since 1788 CE. Origin unknown. Possibly related to Spanish capuzar ("to sink by the head"). (Wiktionary)



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