- to pass (a rope or the like) through a hole, ring, or the like.
- to fasten by placing through or around something.
- to pass a rope through (the swallow of a block).
Origin of reeve2
1620–30; < Dutch reven to reef; see reef2
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Examples from the Web for reeved
It was reeved through an iron ring that jutted from the stone.The Caves of Fear
Ropes were reeved through pulleys in the ceiling, for raising the wire-ball device to permit entrance.The Affair of the Brains
Did they have something with them, reeved up in a hammock—something that smelled sweet?Moran of the Lady Letty
While all this was going on a deckhand had reeved a block and tackle through the end of the cargo gaff and passed it to the winch.Captain Scraggs
Peter B. Kyne
We now reeved our ropes and rigged our ship the best we could, every man working as if to save our lives in the utmost extremity.
- English history the local representative of the king in a shire (under the ealdorman) until the early 11th centuryCompare sheriff
- (in medieval England) a manorial steward who supervised the daily affairs of the manor: often a villein elected by his fellows
- canadian government (in certain provinces) a president of a local council, esp in a rural area
- (formerly) a minor local official in any of several parts of England and the US
Old English gerēva; related to Old High German ruova number, array
- to pass (a rope or cable) through an eye or other narrow opening
- to fasten by passing through or around something
C17: perhaps from Dutch rēven reef ²
- the female of the ruff (the bird)
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for reeved
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