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1. The elected president of a town council in some parts of Canada.
2. Any of various minor officers of parishes or other local authorities.
3. A bailiff or steward of a manor in the later medieval period.
4. A high officer of local administration appointed by the Anglo-Saxon kings.
[Middle English, from Old English gerēfa.]
tr.v. reeved or rove (rōv), reev·ing, reeves Nautical
1. To pass (a rope or rod) through a hole, ring, pulley, or block.
2. To fasten by passing through or around.
3. To pass a rope or rod through (a hole, ring, pulley, or block).
The female ruff, Philomachus pugnax.
[Probably alteration of ruff.]
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1. (Historical Terms) English history the local representative of the king in a shire (under the ealdorman) until the early 11th century. Compare sheriff
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) English history the local representative of the king in a shire (under the ealdorman) until the early 11th century. Compare sheriff
3. (Historical Terms) (in medieval England) a manorial steward who supervised the daily affairs of the manor: often a villein elected by his fellows
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in medieval England) a manorial steward who supervised the daily affairs of the manor: often a villein elected by his fellows
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Canadian government (in certain provinces) a president of a local council, esp in a rural area
6. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (formerly) a minor local official in any of several parts of England and the US
7. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a minor local official in any of several parts of England and the US
[Old English gerēva; related to Old High German ruova number, array]
vb (tr) , reeves, reeving, reeved or rove (rəʊv)
1. (Nautical Terms) to pass (a rope or cable) through an eye or other narrow opening
2. (Nautical Terms) to fasten by passing through or around something
[C17: perhaps from Dutch rēven reef2]
(Animals) the female of the ruff (the bird)
[C17: of uncertain origin]
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1. an administrative officer of a town or district.
2. (in Canada) the presiding officer of a village or town council.
3. a steward or overseer of a medieval manor.
4. (in Anglo-Saxon times) a person of high rank representing the crown.
[before 900; Middle English (i)reve, Old English gerēfa high official, literally, head of a rōf array, number (of soldiers); compare sheriff]
v.t. rove reeved, reev•ing.
1. to pass (a rope or the like) through a hole, ring, or the like.
2. to fasten by placing through or around something.
[1620–30; < Dutch reven to reef; see reef2]
the female of the ruff, Philomachus pugnax. Also called ree.
[1625–35; orig. uncertain]
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Past participle: reeved/rove
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|Noun||1.||reeve - female ruff|
|Verb||1.||reeve - pass a rope through; "reeve an opening"|
|2.||reeve - pass through a hole or opening; "reeve a rope"|
|3.||reeve - fasten by passing through a hole or around something|
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reeve1 [riːv] VT (Naut) [+ rope, cable] (= fasten) → asegurar (con cabo); (= thread) → pasar por un ojal
reeve2 [riːv] N (Hist) → juez mf local
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(Hist) → Vogt m
(in Canada) → ˜ Gemeindevorsteher(in) m(f)
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