steeve

1
[ steev ]

verb (used with object),steeved, steev·ing.
  1. to stuff (cotton or other cargo) into a ship's hold.

noun
  1. a long derrick or spar, with a block at one end, used in stowing cargo in a ship's hold.

Origin of steeve

1
1475–85; probably <Spanish estibar to cram <Latin stīpāre to stuff, pack tightly; akin to Old English stīfstiff

Words Nearby steeve

Other definitions for steeve (2 of 2)

steeve2
[ steev ]

verb (used without object),steeved, steev·ing.
  1. (of a bowsprit or the like) to incline upward at an angle instead of extending horizontally.

verb (used with object),steeved, steev·ing.
  1. to set (a spar) at an upward inclination.

Origin of steeve

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First recorded in 1635–45; origin uncertain

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How to use steeve in a sentence

  • 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 | George Meredith
  • And who do you think had cause to be spiteful agen him, steeve?

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (of 3) | M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • Don't happen to have a grudge of e'er a kind against old Bob, steeve?

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete | George Meredith
  • He limped out upon the high-road half an hour after this, and went into the village to find steeve Hargraves.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3) | M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • Casting about in a reflective mood for a fitting person for this office, his recreant fancy hit upon steeve Hargraves the "Softy."

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3) | M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for steeve (1 of 2)

steeve1

/ (stiːv) /


noun
  1. a spar having a pulley block at one end, used for stowing cargo on a ship

verb
  1. (tr) to stow (cargo) securely in the hold of a ship

Origin of steeve

1
C15 steven, probably from Spanish estibar to pack tightly, from Latin stīpāre to cram full

British Dictionary definitions for steeve (2 of 2)

steeve2

/ (stiːv) nautical /


verb
  1. to incline (a bowsprit or other spar) upwards or (of a bowsprit) to incline upwards at an angle from the horizontal

noun
  1. such an angle

Origin of steeve

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C17: of uncertain origin

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