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steeve

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transitive verb \ˈstēv\

Definition of steeve

steevedsteev·ing

archaic

  1. :  to stow especially in a ship's hold



Origin of steeve

probably from Spanish estibar or Portuguese estivar to pack tightly, from Latin stipare to press together — more at stiff


First Known Use: circa 1644


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steeve

verb

Definition of steeve

steevedsteev·ing

of a bowsprit

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to incline upward at an angle with the horizon or the line of the keel

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to set (a bowsprit) at an upward inclination



Origin of steeve

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1644


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