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steeve

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[ steev ]
/ stiv /
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verb (used with object), steeved, steev·ing.
to stuff (cotton or other cargo) into a ship's hold.
noun
a long derrick or spar, with a block at one end, used in stowing cargo in a ship's hold.
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Origin of steeve

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

Other definitions for steeve (2 of 2)

steeve2
[ steev ]
/ stiv /
Nautical

verb (used without object), steeved, steev·ing.
(of a bowsprit or the like) to incline upward at an angle instead of extending horizontally.
verb (used with object), steeved, steev·ing.
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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British Dictionary definitions for steeve (1 of 2)

steeve1
/ (stiːv) /

noun
a spar having a pulley block at one end, used for stowing cargo on a ship
verb
(tr) to stow (cargo) securely in the hold of a ship

Word Origin for steeve

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
to incline (a bowsprit or other spar) upwards or (of a bowsprit) to incline upwards at an angle from the horizontal
noun
such an angle

Word Origin for steeve

C17: of uncertain origin
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