reeving


reeving

verb (used with object), rove or reeved, ro·ven or reeved, reev·ing. Nautical.

  1. to pass (a rope or the like) through a hole, ring, or the like.
  2. to fasten by placing through or around something.
  3. to pass a rope through (the swallow of a block).

noun

  1. English history the local representative of the king in a shire (under the ealdorman) until the early 11th centuryCompare sheriff
  2. (in medieval England) a manorial steward who supervised the daily affairs of the manor: often a villein elected by his fellows
  3. canadian government (in certain provinces) a president of a local council, esp in a rural area
  4. (formerly) a minor local official in any of several parts of England and the US

verb reeves, reeving, reeved or rove (rəʊv) (tr) nautical

  1. to pass (a rope or cable) through an eye or other narrow opening
  2. to fasten by passing through or around something

noun

  1. the female of the ruff (the bird)
n.

“steward,” Old English gerefa “king’s officer,” of unknown origin and with no known cognates. Not connected to German Graf (see margrave). An Anglo-Saxon official of high rank, having local jurisdiction under a king. Cf. sheriff.

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