verb (used with or without object), cap·sized, cap·siz·ing.
Origin of capsize
Examples from the Web for capsize
Men may refuse the challenge of trying to right a ship on the verge of capsize, preferring to wait for an easier test.
Now we looked to see her make straight for the breakers, lift on the first of them, and then capsize.Havelok The Dane|Charles Whistler
The boat did not capsize when she filled, neither did she broach to, her head was always direct for the shore.The Cruise of the 'Alerte'|E. F. Knight
It would always remain one of the inexplicable miracles to the girl that the flivver did not capsize.The Trail of Conflict|Emilie Baker Loring
Then some would hang their whole weight on one side, hoping to capsize them.The Usurper|Judith Gautier
So, come along, Mr. Powdered-pate; shew me where he is, or I'll capsize you head and heels.'
British Dictionary definitions for capsize
Word Origin for capsize
Word Origin and History for capsize
1780 (transitive); 1792 (intransitive), a nautical word of obscure origin, perhaps (as Skeat suggests) from Spanish capuzar "to sink by the head," from cabo "head," from Latin caput (see capitulum). For sense, cf. French chavirer "to capsize, upset," faire capot "capsize;" Provençal cap virar "to turn the head." Related: Capsized; capsizing.