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Pronunciation: /stiːv
 
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noun

(In a sailing ship) the angle of the bowsprit in relation to the horizontal.
Example sentences
  • The tilt or "steeve" of the bowsprit is very important.

verb

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Give (the bowsprit of a sailing ship) a specified inclination.
Example sentences
  • The sail plan shows masts with a sharp rake, nicely steeved bowsprit, stub top-mast on the main, no spreaders, jumper struts nor permanent back-stays.

Origin

mid 17th century: of unknown origin.

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steeve2

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Pronunciation: /stiːv
 
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noun

A derrick consisting of a long pole with a block at the end.

Origin

late 15th century (as a verb): from Old French estiver or Spanish estibar, from Latin stipare 'pack tight'. The noun is first recorded as a 19th-century US term.

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