(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.’
Mid 17th century of unknown origin.
A derrick consisting of a long pole with a block at the end.
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.