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(in a sailing ship) the angle of the bowsprit in relation to the horizontal.
- ‘The tilt or "steeve" of the bowsprit is very important.’
Give (the bowsprit of a sailing ship) 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.
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