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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive & transitive verb To overturn or cause to overturn.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An upset; an overturn.
  • 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.
  • See the extract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb To upset or overturn, as a vessel or other body.
  • noun An upset or overturn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive, nautical To overturn.
  • verb transitive, nautical To cause (a ship) to overturn.

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

  • verb overturn accidentally

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps from Spanish capuzar, to load a ship so that its bow sinks (perhaps alteration of chapuzar, to duck, push underwater, from Vulgar Latin *subputeāre : Latin sub-, sub- + puteus, well; see pit), or from Spanish cabezar, to pitch (from cabeza, head, from Vulgar Latin *capitia, from Latin caput, capit-; see cape).]

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

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