or a·peek



more or less vertical.
(of a dropped anchor) as nearly vertical as possible without being free of the bottom.
(of an anchored vessel) having the anchor cable as nearly vertical as possible without freeing the anchor.


Nearby words

  1. apb,
  2. apc,
  3. ape,
  4. ape hangers,
  5. ape-man,
  6. apec,
  7. apeldoorn,
  8. apelles,
  9. apellous,
  10. apeman

Origin of apeak

First recorded in 1590–1600; a-1 + peak1

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Examples from the Web for apeek

  • 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


adverb, adjective

nautical in a vertical or almost vertical positionwith the oars apeak
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