- to stuff (cotton or other cargo) into a ship's hold.
- a long derrick or spar, with a block at one end, used in stowing cargo in a ship's hold.
Origin of steeve1
1475–85; probably < Spanish estibar to cram < Latin stīpāre to stuff, pack tightly; akin to Old English stīf stiff
- (of a bowsprit or the like) to incline upward at an angle instead of extending horizontally.
- to set (a spar) at an upward inclination.
Origin of steeve2
First recorded in 1635–45; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for steeve
And who do you think had cause to be spiteful agen him, Steeve?Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (of 3)
M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
I reckon it'll be a stuffed fox your chil'ern 'll hunt, Mr. Steeve; more straw in 'em than bow'ls.Rhoda Fleming, Complete
He limped out upon the high-road half an hour after this, and went into the village to find Steeve Hargraves.
Casting about in a reflective mood for a fitting person for this office, his recreant fancy hit upon Steeve Hargraves the "Softy."
Steeve Hargraves touched his cap and went back through the grassy trail he had left, to carry this message to the trainer.
- a spar having a pulley block at one end, used for stowing cargo on a ship
- (tr) to stow (cargo) securely in the hold of a ship
C15 steven, probably from Spanish estibar to pack tightly, from Latin stīpāre to cram full
- to incline (a bowsprit or other spar) upwards or (of a bowsprit) to incline upwards at an angle from the horizontal
- such an angle
C17: of uncertain origin
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