Definitions for: Reeve

[n] female ruff
[v] fasten by passing through a hole or around something
[v] pass through a hole or opening, as of a rope
[v] pass a rope through, as of an opening

Webster (1913) Definition: Reeve (r?v), n. (Zo["o]l.)
The female of the ruff.

Reeve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rove (r?v); p. pr. & vb. n.
Reeving.] [Cf. D. reven. See Reef, n. & v. t.] (Naut.)
To pass, as the end of a pope, through any hole in a block,
thimble, cleat, ringbolt, cringle, or the like.

Reeve, n. [OE. reve, AS. ger?fa. Cf. Sheriff.]
an officer, steward, bailiff, or governor; -- used chiefly in
compounds; as, shirereeve, now written sheriff; portreeve,
etc. --Chaucer. --Piers Plowman.

See Also: pass through, pass through, Philomachus pugnax, ruff

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