- The tilt or "steeve" of the bowsprit is very important.
verb[with object] (usually be steeved) Back to top
- 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.
Mid 17th century: of unknown origin.
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- British & World English dictionary
Entry from British & World English dictionary
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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