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Webster 1913 Edition


Reeve

Reeve

(rēv)
,
Noun.
(Zool.)
The female of the ruff.

Reeve

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Rove
(rōv)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Reeving
.]
[Cf. D.
reven
. See
Reef
,
Noun.
&
Verb.
T.
]
(Naut.)
To pass, as the end of a rope, through any hole in a block, thimble, cleat, ringbolt, cringle, or the like.

Reeve

,
Noun.
[OE.
reve
, AS.
gerēfa
. Cf.
Sheriff
.]
An officer, steward, bailiff, or governor; – used chiefly in compounds;
as, shire
reeve
, now written sheriff; port
reeve
, etc.
Chaucer.
Piers Plowman.

Reˊëx-am′i-na-ble

(rēˊĕgz-ăm′ĭ-nȧ-b’l)
,
Adj.
Admitting of being reexamined or reconsidered.
Story.

Webster 1828 Edition


Reeve

REEVE

,
Noun.
A steward. Obs.

REEVE

,
Noun.
A bird, the female of the ruff.

REEVE

,
Verb.
T.
In seamen's language, to pass the end of a rope through any hole in a block, thimble, cleat, ring-bolt, cringle, &c.

Definition 2022


Reeve

Reeve

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English

Proper noun

Reeve

  1. A surname.

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reeve

reeve

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English

Noun

reeve (plural reeves)

  1. (historical) Any of several local officials, with varying responsibilities.
    • 1999, Bede, Judith McClure, Roger Collins, editor, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780192838667, page 99:
      His first convert was the reeve of the city of Lincoln call Blæcca, ...
  2. (Canada) The president of a township or municipal district council.
  3. (military, historical) A proposed but unadopted commissioned rank of the Royal Air Force equivalent to wing commander.
    • 1936, The Periodical (Oxford University Press), volumes 21–22, page 67
      A list of new titles was manufactured as follows: Ensign, Lieutenant, Flight-Leader, Squadron-Leader, Reeve, Banneret, Fourth-Ardian, Third-Ardian, Second-Ardian, Ardian, Air Marshal. […] “Reeve”, perhaps, savoured a little too much of legal authority.

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Etymology 2

Apparent alternative form of reef (to pull or yank strongly, verb)

Verb

reeve (third-person singular simple present reeves, present participle reeving, simple past and past participle reeved)

  1. (nautical, dialect) To pass a rope through a hole or opening, especially so as to fasten it.
    • 1930, William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying, Library of America, 1985, p.98:
      "Let the rope go," he says. With his other hand he reaches down and reeves the two turns from the stanchion.

Etymology 3

Noun

reeve (plural reeves)

  1. A female of the species Philomachus pugnax, a highly gregarious, medium-sized wading bird of Eurasia; the male is a ruff.