- 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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- 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 roven
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