steeve

steeve

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

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steeve

2 [steev] 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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steeve1 (stiːv)
 
n
1.  a spar having a pulley block at one end, used for stowing cargo on a ship
 
vb
2.  (tr) to stow (cargo) securely in the hold of a ship
 
[C15 steven, probably from Spanish estibar to pack tightly, from Latin stīpāre to cram full]

steeve2 (stiːv)
 
vb
1.  to incline (a bowsprit or other spar) upwards or (of a bowsprit) to incline upwards at an angle from the horizontal
 
n
2.  such an angle
 
[C17: of uncertain origin]

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