Main definitions of steeve in English

: steeve1steeve2

steeve1

Pronunciation /stēv/ /stiv/

noun

  • (in a sailing ship) the angle of the bowsprit in relation to a horizontal plane.

    • ‘The tilt or "steeve" of the bowsprit is very important.’

transitive verb

[with object]usually be steeved
  • Give (the bowsprit) a specified inclination.

    • ‘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.

Main definitions of steeve in English

: steeve1steeve2

steeve2

Pronunciation /stēv/ /stiv/

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.