Definitions

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

  • transitive v. Nautical To flip or cause to flip end over end: The raft pitchpoled in the rapids.

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  • v. To capsize end over end, as in heavy surf.

Etymologies

pitch + pole (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The men must row faster than the current or he would lose steerage; too fast, and the craft would plunge her bow into a trough and pitchpole.

    Stormwarden

  • A good sailor knows that the best he can do is trim his vessel for both apparent and true wind - and always be fully prepared to recover, instantly if at all possible, from a knockdown, be it a round up, round down / jibe / broach, or the infamous but well known pitchpole, an extremely watery cousin of the endo.

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