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steeve1

[steev]
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verb (used with object), steeved, steev·ing.
  1. to stuff (cotton or other cargo) into a ship's hold.
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noun
  1. 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 steeve1

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

steeve2

[steev]Nautical
verb (used without object), steeved, steev·ing.
  1. (of a bowsprit or the like) to incline upward at an angle instead of extending horizontally.
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verb (used with object), steeved, steev·ing.
  1. to set (a spar) at an upward inclination.
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Origin of steeve2

First recorded in 1635–45; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for steeve

Historical Examples

  • And who do you think had cause to be spiteful agen him, Steeve?

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon

  • I reckon it'll be a stuffed fox your chil'ern 'll hunt, Mr. Steeve; more straw in 'em than bow'ls.

  • 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

  • Steeve Hargraves touched his cap and went back through the grassy trail he had left, to carry this message to the trainer.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon


British Dictionary definitions for steeve

steeve1

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

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

steeve2

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

C17: of uncertain origin
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