- To reeve is to fasten something by threading a rope or rod through a hole.
When you fasten a bike to a bike rack by threading a chain around the holes in the spokes of the tire and the railing of the bike rack, this is an example of a reeve.
reeve definition by Webster's New World
- in English history,
- the chief officer, under the king, of a town or district
- the overseer and chief peasant of a manor
- the elected head of a village or town council in certain Canadian provinces
Origin: Middle English reve, earlier irefe ; from Old English gerefa ; from ge- plush base of an unverified form rof, row, number
Origin: uncertain or unknown; perhaps from source
reeve definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The elected president of a town council in some parts of Canada.
- Any of various minor officers of parishes or other local authorities.
- A bailiff or steward of a manor in the later medieval period.
- A high officer of local administration appointed by the Anglo-Saxon kings.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English gerēfa.
transitive verb reeved reeved or rove , reev·ing, reeves Nautical
- To pass (a rope or rod) through a hole, ring, pulley, or block.
- To fasten by passing through or around.
- To pass a rope or rod through (a hole, ring, pulley, or block).
Origin: Origin unknown.
Origin: Probably alteration of ruff1.