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.
- Eng. 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 of reeveMiddle English reve, earlier irefe ; from Old English gerefa ; from ge- + base of an unverified form rof, row, number
- to pass (the end of a line) through a block, ring, etc.
- to fasten by passing through or around something
- to pass a line through (a block, ring, etc.)
Origin of reeveprobably ; from Dutch reven, to reef, in sense “use a rope in or as in reefing”
Origin of reeve; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- 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 of reeveMiddle English, from Old English gerēfa.
transitive verbreeved 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 of reeveOrigin unknown.
Origin of reeveProbably alteration of ruff1.
- A surname.