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steeve1

[steev] /stiv/
verb (used with object), steeved, steeving.
1.
to stuff (cotton or other cargo) into a ship's hold.
noun
2.
a long derrick or spar, with a block at one end, used in stowing cargo in a ship's hold.
Origin of steeve1
1475-1485
1475-85; probably < Spanish estibar to cram < Latin stīpāre to stuff, pack tightly; akin to Old English stīf stiff

steeve2

[steev] /stiv/ Nautical
verb (used without object), steeved, steeving.
1.
(of a bowsprit or the like) to incline upward at an angle instead of extending horizontally.
verb (used with object), steeved, steeving.
2.
to set (a spar) at an upward inclination.
Origin
1635-45; origin uncertain
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  • 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.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • Mr. Conyers was snoring aloud in his little bedroom when steeve Hargraves returned to the lodge.

    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 muttered some sulky apology, and shuffled out of the room.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • 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
  • steeve Hargraves had no doubt had pretty pickings in that liberal household.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (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
  • steeve Hargraves had sent the animal reeling away from him with a kick from his iron-bound clog.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. I (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • "Yes, it's easy enough to understand, but it's rare and difficult to do," replied steeve Hargraves.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for steeve

steeve1

/stiːv/
noun
1.
a spar having a pulley block at one end, used for stowing cargo on a ship
verb
2.
(transitive) to stow (cargo) securely in the hold of a ship
Word Origin
C15 steven, probably from Spanish estibar to pack tightly, from Latin stīpāre to cram full

steeve2

/stiːv/
verb
1.
to incline (a bowsprit or other spar) upwards or (of a bowsprit) to incline upwards at an angle from the horizontal
noun
2.
such an angle
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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