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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Keeve (Bleaching) A bleaching vat; a kier.
    • Keeve (Mining) A large vat used in dressing ores.
    • Keeve (Brewing) A vat or tub in which the mash is made; a mash tub.
    • Keeve To heave; to tilt, as a cart.
    • Keeve To set in a keeve, or tub, for fermentation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n keeve A large vat or tub used for various purposes, as for dressing ores in mining, for holding the lye in bleaching (in which sense it is also called a keir), as a brewers' mashing-tub, etc.
    • keeve To put in a keeve for fermentation, etc.
    • keeve To overturn or lift up, as a cart, so as to unload it all at once.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Keeve kēv a large tub.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cf, fr. L. cupa, a tub, cask; also, F. cuve,. Cf. Kive Coop
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cýfe, vat.


In literature:

Is your name Mavis Keeves: Mavis Weston Keeves in full?
"Sparrows" by Horace W. C. Newte
Their pails and their cauldrons and their iron-wrought vessels, their jugs and their keeves and their eared pitchers were fetched to them.
"The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge" by Unknown

In news:

The film, directed by Douglas Keeve, also has cameos from Julian Schnabel Karl Lagerfeld, Ben Stiller, Winona Ryder, Russell Simmons, The Post's David Landsel, and Ian Schrager, who transformed the hotel in 2005.