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steeve

verb \ ˈstēv \

Definition of steeve

steeved; steeving
transitive verb
archaic
: to stow especially in a ship's hold

Origin and Etymology of steeve

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


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steeve

verb

Definition of steeve

steeved; steeving
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

Origin and Etymology of steeve

origin unknown


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