Definition of steeve in English:

steeve

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.’

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.

Pronunciation:

steeve

/stēv/