Meaning of capsize in English:


Pronunciation /kap?s??z/

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  • 1(of a boat) be overturned in the water.

    ‘the craft capsized in heavy seas’
    • ‘Officials say the migrants ended up in the water after their boat capsized.’
    • ‘Five more went missing when their boat capsized in the icy waters as they searched for the original group.’
    • ‘The boat capsized, tossing the three crew into the water as darkness fell.’
    • ‘Shortly after leaving port, the boat capsized in seconds and began filling rapidly with water.’
    • ‘At between 10.30 and 10.50 the same day the vessel capsized and sank in the shallow water 150 metres off shore.’
    • ‘Water cascaded onto the car deck and the ferry capsized and sank in minutes, coming to rest on its starboard side in just under 30m of water.’
    • ‘A Salford sailor is lucky to be alive after his boat capsized after drifting down the River Ribble and out to sea.’
    • ‘An inquest was held in Castlebar yesterday into the death of a 53-year-old trout angler who died after his boat capsized on Lough Mask.’
    • ‘Several of the search and rescue boats had capsized.’
    • ‘A U.S. helicopter went down in Mosul with its two crewmen while searching for a missing GI after a patrol boat capsized in the Tigris.’
    • ‘Authorities are conducting a battery of tests on the ill-fated Ethan Allen to try and determine why the boat capsized on Lake George.’
    • ‘I was thrown off balance and the whole boat capsized.’
    • ‘A fishing boat capsized near Taiwan's northern harbour of Keelung and three fishermen from the Chinese mainland were washed away.’
    • ‘Three teens along with their rescuers were saved after their boats capsized in the St. Mary's River.’
    • ‘In the small town of Manhuacu, a rescue worker drowned when his boat capsized.’
    • ‘At least two people died and eight are still missing after an illegally run ferry capsized and sank on Monday on the Yellow River near Ji'nan.’
    • ‘Learn how to empty a capsized boat while in the water in this free video on boat base river rescue and safety.’
    • ‘Both realized a capsized vessel is difficult to find, but wore their vests and stayed with their boat.’
    • ‘Doris capsized the canoe yesterday.’
    • ‘One of the three fishing partners narrowly escaped by swimming to a jetty after waves capsized the small boat.’
    overturn, turn over, turn upside down, upset, upend, knock over, flip over, tip over, topple over, invert, keel over, turn turtle
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    1. 1.1with object Cause (a boat) to overturn.
      • ‘gale-force gusts capsized the dinghies’


in singular
  • An instance of capsizing.

    ‘do you know what to do in the event of a capsize?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nothing sets up a capsize like a hunter, jacket pockets full of shotgun shells, leaning over the edge of a low-freeboard duck boat laying out decoys with his dog eagerly leaning next to him.’
    • ‘Former Newcastle RNLI members have claimed that inexperience was to blame for the dramatic capsize of the town's inshore lifeboat.’
    • ‘They were closing in on fourth place at Katkop weir, when a capsize while fitting their splash covers cost them five minutes and 10 places.’
    • ‘Many an hour was spent tacking, jibing and splicing the main brace with the occasional capsize as well.’
    • ‘The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has now published its findings into the capsize of the fishing vessel east of Harwich on July 7 last year.’
    • ‘After losing their first race Bristol 1 benefited from a capsize by a London boat in the second race and went on to convincingly win the third to make it into the final.’
    • ‘The wave simulator can recreate swells of up to two metres - and in these stormy conditions, trainees will learn to cope with a chilly and potentially terrifying capsize.’
    • ‘Given the way my day had gone, I half expected something terrible to happen - another capsize or a broken oarlock.’
    • ‘The team completed 84 laps of the marine lake at Southport all members ‘enjoying’ at least one capsize in the strong winds.’
    • ‘I also did canoeing, and recall being only slightly scared by my initial capsize down a Garavogue weir.’
    • ‘A few capsizes, due to inexperience or gear failure in the strong winds, added to the excitement.’
    • ‘In full view of the finish I had a very well publicised capsize.’
    • ‘Another ferry capsize occurred in the Philippines, killing 38.’
    • ‘A two-year-old boy, of Rangarti village in Hailakandi district, reportedly got drowned and one more person died in Karimganj district in a boat capsize in flood waters.’
    • ‘A breeze that picked up during the morning was responsible for several capsizes but did help to produce some exciting racing.’
    • ‘That attempt ended 85 days, two hurricanes and 15 capsizes later with her rescue by a freighter just 950 miles from her goal, Brest, France.’
    • ‘Mills designed the boat for a small sprit-rigged sail which tends to spill wind, minimizing capsizes.’


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