Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, the angle of elevation which a ship's bowsprit makes with the horizon; a steeve.
  • noun The operation of stowing certain kinds of cargo, as cotton, wool, or hides, in a vessel's hold with a steeve or a jack-screw. See steeve, transitive verb, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or practice of one who steeves.
  • noun (Naut.) See Steeve, n. (a).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of steeve.

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Examples

  • We continued at work in this manner until the lower hold was filled to within four feet of the beams, when all hands were called aboard to commence steeving.

    Chapter XXIX. Loading for Home-A Surprise-Last of an Old Friend-The Last Hide-A Hard Case-Up Anchor, for Home!-Homeward Bound

  • Having filled the ship up, in this way, to within four feet of her beams, the process of steeving commenced, by which an hundred hides are got into a place where one could not be forced by hand, and which presses the hides to the utmost, sometimes starting the beams of the ship, resembling in its effects the jack-screws which are used in stowing cotton.

    Chapter XXIX. Loading for Home-A Surprise-Last of an Old Friend-The Last Hide-A Hard Case-Up Anchor, for Home!-Homeward Bound

  • The martinganes flatten in their jibs along their high steeving bowsprits and jib-booms.

    The Children of the King

  • We continued at work in this manner until the lower hold was filled to within four feet of the beams, when all hands were called aboard to commence steeving.

    Two years before the mast, and twenty-four years after: a personal narrative

  • Having filled the ship up, in this way, to within four feet of her beams, the process of steeving commenced, by which an hundred hides are got into a place where one could not be forced by hand, and which presses the hides to the utmost, sometimes starting the beams of the ship, resembling in its effects the jack-screws which are used in stowing cotton.

    Two years before the mast, and twenty-four years after: a personal narrative

  • Having filled the ship up, in this way, to within four feet of her beams, the process of steeving began, by which a hundred hides are got into a place where scarce one could be forced by hand, and which presses the hides to the utmost, sometimes starting the beams of the ship, -- resembling in its effects the jack-screws which are used in stowing cotton.

    Two Years Before the Mast

  • We continued at work in this manner until the lower hold was filled to within four feet of the beams, when all hands were called aboard to begin steeving.

    Two Years Before the Mast

  • How they called up to my mind the months of curing at San Diego, the year and more of beach and surf work, and the steeving of the ship for home!

    Two Years Before the Mast

  • Having filled the ship up, in this way, to within four feet of her beams, the process of steeving commenced, by which an hundred hides are got into a place where one could not be forced by hand, and which presses the hides to the utmost, sometimes starting the beams of the ship, resembling in its effects the jack-screws which are used in stowing cotton.

    Two Years Before the Mast

  • We continued at work in this manner until the lower hold was filled to within four feet of the beams, when all hands were called aboard to commence steeving.

    Two Years Before the Mast

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