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  • verb Present participle of reeve.


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  • Wiki was up in the maintop reeving some rigging when he heard his name called quietly, and when he arrived at the bottom of the mast he scrutinized Mr. Holden curiously, noting the dark, haunted eyes, and the way the skin was drawn tautly over his handsome cheekbones.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • Some harpooneers will consume almost an entire morning in this business, carrying the line high aloft and then reeving it downwards through a block towards the tub, so as in the act of coiling to free it from all possible wrinkles and twists.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Other men were reeving spare halliards and sheets so that heavy coils of rope were forever tumbling through the rigging to thump on the decks.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • As a boy he had made one passage reeving with his father.

    An Ill Fate Marshalling

  • Every spring in Bragi's memory his father had gone reeving with Hjarlma.

    The Fire In His Hands

  • The reeving kingdoms were the necklace of city states hugging the coast down to Simballawein.

    The Fire In His Hands

  • In the meantime the first officer, Mr. Block, was sending up a new topgallant yard, reeving new rigging, repairing the sails, and getting everything ataunto aloft.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue

  • We could see some of her crew aloft reeving and stopping braces and ready to repair any damage done, working as coolly under fire as old man-of-war's men.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue

  • During the following days all hands were so busy bending new sails and reeving running gear for our turn of the Cape that there was little time for anything else.

    Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship "Pirate"

  • The reeving of yard-ropes was his idea, though he disclaimed it.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore


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