steeve
I. transitive verb (steeved; steeving) Etymology: probably from Spanish estibar or Portuguese estivar to pack tightly, from Latin stipare to press together — more at stiff Date: circa 1644 archaic to stow especially in a ship's hold II. verb (steeved; steeving) Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1644 intransitive verb of a bowsprit to incline upward at an angle with the horizon or the line of the keel transitive verb to set (a bowsprit) at an upward inclination

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  • Steeve — Steeve, v. t. 1. (Shipbuilding) To elevate or fix at an angle with the horizon; said of the bowsprit, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. To stow, as bales in a vessel s hold, by means of a steeve. See {Steeve}, n. (b) . [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steeve — Steeve, n. (Naut.) (a) The angle which a bowsprit makes with the horizon, or with the line of the vessel s keel; called also {steeving}. (b) A spar, with a block at one end, used in stowing cotton bales, and similar kinds of cargo which need to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steeve — (st[=e]v), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Steeved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Steeving}.] [Cf. OD. steve staff, E. stem, n.] (Shipbuilding) To project upward, or make an angle with the horizon or with the line of a vessel s keel; said of the bowsprit, etc. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • steeve — steeve; steeve·ly; …   English syllables

  • steeve — index load Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • steeve — steeve1 [stēv] vt. steeved, steeving [Fr estiver < Sp or Port estivar < L stipare, to compress, cram: see STONE] Archaic to stow (cargo) as in the hold of a ship steeve2 [stēv] vi., vt. steeved, steeving [< ? or akin to OFr estive, tail… …   English World dictionary

  • Steeve — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Steeve est un prénom masculin peu usité. Sommaire 1 Origine 2 Personnalités portant ce prénom …   Wikipédia en Français

  • steeve — I [[t]stiv[/t]] v. steeved, steev•ing, n. 1) to stuff (cotton or other cargo) into a ship s hold 2) naut. navig. a long derrick or spar, with a block at one end, used in stowing cargo in a ship s hold • Etymology: 1475–85; prob. < Sp estibar… …   From formal English to slang

  • steeve — 1. n. & v. Naut. n. the angle of the bowsprit in relation to the horizontal. v. 1 intr. (of a bowsprit) make an angle with the horizontal. 2 tr. cause (the bowsprit) to do this. Etymology: 17th c.: orig. unkn. 2. n. & v. Naut. n. a long spar used …   Useful english dictionary

  • steeve — steeve1 /steev/, v., steeved, steeving, n. v.t. 1. to stuff (cotton or other cargo) into a ship s hold. n. 2. a long derrick or spar, with a block at one end, used in stowing cargo in a ship s hold. [1475 85; prob. < Sp estibar to cram < L… …   Universalium

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