steeve

verb (1)
\ ˈstēv How to pronounce steeve (audio) \
steeved; steeving

Definition of steeve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

archaic
: to stow especially in a ship's hold

steeve

verb (2)
steeved; steeving

Definition of steeve (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of steeve

Verb (1)

circa 1644, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

circa 1644, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for steeve

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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“Steeve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steeve. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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