(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.’
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.