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apeak

or a·peek

[uh-peek]Nautical
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adjective
  1. more or less vertical.
  2. (of a dropped anchor) as nearly vertical as possible without being free of the bottom.
  3. (of an anchored vessel) having the anchor cable as nearly vertical as possible without freeing the anchor.
adverb
  1. vertically.

Origin of apeak

First recorded in 1590–1600; a-1 + peak1
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Examples from the Web for apeek

Historical Examples

  • The anchor is apeek when the cable has been sufficiently hove in to bring the ship over it.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth


British Dictionary definitions for apeek

apeak

adverb, adjective
  1. nautical in a vertical or almost vertical positionwith the oars apeak
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